Following an electronic survey to the Chamber membership that indicated strong support, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce General Board has voted to publicly endorse the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center bond measure 18-101. The measure will provide local funding for the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC).
KBREC provides important programs including 4-H, nutrition, Master Gardener, Jr. Master Gardener, and OSU Open Campus. The center provides support the local economy through onsite experts in the fields of livestock, forestry, agronomy, and potato research.
The bond would assess $0.15/$1000 assessed value. OSU’s policy –directed by federal congressional acts - is that the local county has to provide a certain base level of funding, which then allows additional federal, state, and other grant monies to be secured. In the case of KBREC, this amounts to about a $6.50 match for every dollar that the county provides in the current fiscal budget.
“Agriculture is the engine that drives our local economy,” said Chamber President Dan Keppen. “This matching state and federal money is available on an annual basis, and it will be allocated to other counties where there is local funding support. If it doesn’t go to Klamath County, it will simply go another county where there is such support. Our members and our board of directors support the KBREC measure, which is an investment for the county and its businesses.”
Over 3/4 of the survey respondents supported the bond and the Chamber taking a public position of endorsement. Survey respondents touched on the importance of KBREC’s work in the community and the benefits of such. Comments highlighted the economic impact of the agriculture industry in the Klamath Basin and KBREC’s support of the industry.
For more information and details about Measure 18-101, please contact the KBREC Success Group at KBRECsuccess@gmail.com.
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The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has served Klamath County since 1905. It is a member-based association made up of businesses and individuals who work together to advance the civic, economic, industrial, professional, and cultural life of Klamath County and the City of Klamath Falls, through advocacy and broad communication connections. Membership is available to businesses, organizations (including non-profits) and individuals. If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber, visit the website www.klamath.org.