The voters have spoken in the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District half-mill levy election.
It is the American way to put a question before the citizens and to live with the results. Unfortunately, the victims of this election are the youth in the 4-H program.
Regardless of what reasons were behind the outcome, the fact of the matter remains that 4-H needs help.
We have to search out a different avenue to fund this worthwhile program that works with 1,300 youth every year.
The folks in the Cooperative Extension Service are looking for alternate funding and may be going back to the community for help.
The News-Bulletin is willing to spearhead any effort to raise the $60,000 necessary to keep the Extension Service doors open.
4-H is more than raising animals to show at the county fair. The youths learn values that remain with them their entire lives.
Right now, they are getting a big lesson in community support. The questions is: what will be the last chapter in the “Saga of the Extension Service?”
The mill levy may have been voted down, but 4-H is not dead. At least not yet.
What do you say Valencia County? Is the program worth the extra effort to keep it alive?