Commissioners support working with other districts, but took issue with the financial side of the program. If approved, the extension district would create a special taxing district, in which an elected board would decide tax levels instead of the commissioners. The extension district would not be subject to tax lids.
“I’m not against collaboration, but I’m not OK with taking oversight away from the county,” said Ron Loomis, chair of the commission.
McKinney said extension leaders have a history of frugality and fiscal responsibility. She also said since extension district board members are elected, voters could hold them responsible for irresponsible spending.
(Read more: McPherson Sentinel)