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County Budget Advocacy. The Role of Advisory Leadership. County Contributions. Salaries of faculty and staff – 80- 90% Operations – 10 – 20 % Utilities Building rent Supplies Computers Training. SITUATIONAL NEEDS. New anything… Budget shortfall and cuts Long-term projects.

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County budget advocacy

County Budget Advocacy

The Role of Advisory Leadership


County contributions

County Contributions

  • Salaries of faculty and staff – 80- 90%

  • Operations – 10 – 20 %

    • Utilities

    • Building rent

    • Supplies

    • Computers

    • Training


Situational needs

SITUATIONAL NEEDS

  • New anything…

  • Budget shortfall and cuts

  • Long-term projects


County budgeting process

County Budgeting Process

  • Phase 1 – Budget request and development

    • January – February

  • Phase 2 – Budget presentation and hearings

    • March – April

  • Phase 3 – Follow-through and relationship building –May through December


County extension director role

County Extension Director Role

  • Network in strategic social and political systems.

  • Keep county manager informed.

  • Maintain good relationships in county Budget Office.

  • Prepare budget.

  • Develop and prepare advisory council.


Advisory council role

Advisory Council Role

  • Understand Extension budget needs.

  • Advise director on strategy.

  • Use personal network to stay informed.

  • Make appropriate contacts.


Phase 1 advisory leader roles

PHASE 1 Advisory Leader Roles

  • Council informed of Extension budget and special requests.

  • Council involved with planning and conducting a Report to Commissioners


Phase 2 advisory leader roles

PHASE 2 Advisory Leader Roles

  • Attend Budget Hearings.

  • Speak at budget hearings.

  • Develop strategies to handle crisis situations that develop.

  • Activate rapid response network as needed.


Phase 3 advisory leader roles

PHASE 3 Advisory Leader Roles

  • Stay abreast of changes in political structure.

  • Call commissioners or manager to clarify issues informally.

  • Build relationships with current commissioners and manager.

  • Learn as much as possible about newly elected commissioners or new county manager.


Report to commissioners

Report to Commissioners

  • Purpose is to report impacts and justify programs.

  • Timing is ideally during Phase 3 but many do in Phase 1 of the process.

  • Advisory leaders in the lead role.


Rapid response system

Rapid Response System

  • Activated when Extension budget is threatened.

  • County Director will call advisory leaders who can make a contact with a critical person.

  • All advisory leaders alerted of the situation.


Advisory leader dos

Advisory Leader DOs

  • Thank Commissioners for support.

  • Work as a team with the county director.

  • Develop consistent communication points.

  • Study elected officials interests.

  • Be prepared with accurate facts.


Advisory leader don ts

Advisory Leader DON’Ts

  • Get discouraged if request is not funded this budget cycle.

  • Insult a commissioner or be rude.


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