Council district option
Effective Aug. 28, 2013, county extension councils in Missouri have the option to form single-council or consolidated districts. This change to Missouri’s county extension laws, the first since 1961, was made to enable county extension councils to operate more efficiently and support extension operations and programs in their counties that directly affect the lives of Missouri residents. The district option law allows an extension district to seek funding through a property tax levy.
MU Extension District Option Manual (PDF) (110 pages)
Detailed document that guides councils through a four-phase process of exploring the district option and pursuing a tax levy
District option brochure (PDF)
Overview of the district option for councils and stakeholders
Explanation of the MU Extension District Option (PDF)
Document for use in council member training
District Option FAQ (PDF)
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the district option
External sites mentioned
For your convenience, here is a condensed list of links to online sources cited in the manual.
Elections and voting
Campaign finance, ethics and transparency
The Missouri Ethics Commission website, http://www.mec.mo.gov , has many resources related to transparency in campaign finance:
Publicly available data
Filings with the Ethics Commission
Fundraising for campaigns
Mo. Secretary of State Election section
For rules about raising money for campaign materials and educating voters
The following online resources explain the basics of raising and managing money for a political campaign:
Internal pages mentioned
Council members’ role in stakeholder relations
Communicating with stakeholders
As districts are formed, we will post details on the council website about what counties have formed districts and which type of district they formed.
The MU Extension Donor Education office has many resources to help with communicating value, as does your county annual report.