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I am writing concerning the Antelope County Agriculture Society’s ballot measure that will be voted on November 6, 2018.
There has been a large amount of confusion associated with this measure. To those who are not familiar with this measure, this will allow them to remove their restricted fund, allowing them to more easily use the money that they have.
What will this money be used for? The money accumulated from this measure allows for more growth in the areas of 4-H and FFA at the county fair. Growth in terms of the addition of building structures and improvements. These future improvements include the construction of a new small animal building for poultry, rabbits and bucket calves. The purchase of new fans for the show arena, and LED security lights at the fairground to add safety and security for our children. Currently, this cannot be done because their funds can only be used on existing projects at the fairgrounds.
Right now, the Ag Society’s annual operating expenses budget is $130,000, but their actual expenses are around $120,000.
Voting yes to this measure will not cause a sudden jump in taxes. The Ag Society’s current levy is .43 cents. If approved, their levy will change to .55 cents. Meaning, if you own a $100,000 piece of property, your contributions to the Ag Society will go from $4.30 to $5.50. This is only a little over one dollar a year going to our area youth!
The ballot request is very comparable to our surrounding counties, with Madison being the highest at 1.1 cent, and Boone being the lowest at .51 cents.
Voting yes to the Agriculture Society’s measure is a vote for 4-H and FFA, and this is a vote that we cannot afford to lose!
Antelope County 4-H Council Vice-President
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