Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District Facing Budget Cuts

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Nearly $2.8 million of the Soil and Water Conservation District funding for Fiscal Year 2015 has been suspended by the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Office of Management & Budget and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. According to the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts, the suspension of funds accounts for 37.3% of the total $7.5 million in appropriations districts receive for operations.

Emily Hartman, of the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District, told WGEL the local office has already received $18,000 less than what was promised for the current year. She told us about how the upcoming cuts could affect the local office:

Hartman said one of the most noticeable changes will be in the availability of cost share funding for local landowners.

You can hear more on this topic this Sunday afternoon, when Emily Hartman is our guest on WGEL’s Public Affairs program.