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Hamilton County extension office to close due to lack of funding

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Officials with The Ohio State University Hamilton County Extension say the office will close in January due to lack of funding unless operating and programmatic dollars are generated.

The closure would involve losing Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, and 4-H programs.

The Extension office, which has 13 employees and a $400,000 annual budget, has been funded by the Metropolitan Sewer District since 2008.  This funding is not being renewed for 2013. Officials say they are working with the Hamilton County Commissioners for other avenues, but to date, nothing is forthcoming.

"Normally we would be looking for county dollars, but, due to the unfortunate situation Hamilton County is facing with their budget, we are forced to look for funding from individuals or the community. This is the only way Extension, which has been in Hamilton County since 1917, can be funded," said Tonya Horvath, Director and 4-H Educator.

Local dollars are required for the Extension office to remain open.  If citizens would like to donate to the Save Hamilton County Extension! fund, they can do so by clicking here. All donations are tax deductible.

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