Marion County Extension & 4-H Service District
The district's purpose is to build a stronger economy by fostering successful agriculture and forestry businesses; healthy youth and families; sustainable communities; and natural resources with education services including:
- Applied research for farmers, family forest owners, and nursery growers to solve disease, insect, production and conservation challenges.
- Volunteer-lead programs, such as 4-H, after-school, camps, Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver, food safety, nutrition, Master Woodland Manager, and Master Naturalist.
- Small farm development for food supply, community and school gardens, farmers markets, and agritourism. Marion County Small Farm Loop
- Noxious weed management to protect city and rural watershed health.
Out There. Working in Marion County
On May 19, 2015, Marion County voters approved the formation of the Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District, which established a property tax rate of $0.05 per $1,000 assessed value to fund Extension programs. The district serves all 20 incorporated cities, as well as the unincorporated areas of Marion County and works in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service to bring important services and supports to local residents. (Feasibility Study)
The Marion County Board of Commissioners serves as the governing board for the district as directed by state statute (ORS 451.485). Community Services Department Director Tamra Goettsch serves as the District Administrative Officer and Budget Officer. In addition, financial, legal, clerical, treasurer, and procurement services are provided by county positions.
The annual budget and completed audit are available to the public.
Public Meetings Notice
All meetings are held at 555 Court St NE, 5th Floor, Silverton Conference Rm
2020 Service District Meeting:
May 13, 2020 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
May 26, 2020 4:00 PM Pacific Time
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Meeting ID: 865 4091 2636
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2020 Budget Committee Meeting:
Time: May 27, 2020 2:00 PM
The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberations of the Budget Committee will take place.
Anyone wishing to testify may do so by written comments to the Marion County Extension 4-H Service District Budget Committee prior to the public hearing on May 27, 2020. Written comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Comments may be mailed to Marion County Community Services, Attn: Tamra Goettsch Budget Officer, PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309 or e-mailed to PublicHearings@co.marion.or.us . To be included in the record, comments must include the commenter's full name and address or e-mail address.
Testimony will also be accepted over the phone. Anyone wishing to testify over the phone must pre-register here no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. When it is time to testify, registrants will be called and their testimony heard.
Marion County Community Services
Tamra Goettsch, Director
555 Court Street NE, Suite 3120
Salem, OR 97301
Mark Chien, County Leader
1320 Capitol Street NE, Ste. 110
Salem, OR 97301
OSU Extension and 4-H Services
555 Court Street NE, St 3120
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 589-3200