The 4-year 0.5-mill renewal request that will appear on the August 7, 2018, ballot will provide continued funding for MSU Extension educational programs in Gratiot County, such as:
- 4-H Youth Development
- Agriculture and Agribusiness
- Child and Family Development
- Community and Urban Agriculture
- Health and Nutrition
- Master Gardener Volunteer Program
- Natural Resources
The property tax will cost the average Gratiot County homeowner less than $25 a year.
Making a Difference in Gratiot County
Highlights of the many ways that Gratiot County residents have benefited from MSU Extension programs in the past year follow.
4-H Youth Development
Annually, more than 1,100 Gratiot County youth develop critical life skills in 4-H clubs and groups and in early childhood, after-school and school enrichment programs.
Family Financial Health
10,902 Gratiot County residents are eligible for public assistance. MSU Extension Gratiot County educational programs help people learn to manage their money and household resources effectively to improve their financial health and well-being.
Health and Nutrition
More than 3,000 residents have made strides toward healthier living through participating in MSU Extension programs on disease prevention and management skills, food safety, food preservation, nutrition and physical activity.
Agriculture and Agribusiness
Gratiot County is home to one of 78 enviroweather stations in Michigan and a team of MSU experts to help growers use data to make timely decisions for efficient management of field crops, fruits, vegetables, trees, turfgrass, and landscape and nursery products.
Over 70,000 people have learned about gardening through face-to-face programming, online visits and calls to the MSU Extension lawn and garden hotline.