Conservation District Funding Still In Jeopardy

The failure of a budget to be passed in Illinois is putting a hardship on many area agencies.

Emily Hartmann, coordinator for the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District, told WGEL the lack of funding has caused difficulties.

Funds owed the local office from the fiscal year ’15 budget were swept, which caused a budget shortfall. The local office has made adjustments, including a reduction of staff. Hartmann is now the only full time employee. She said the local office is better off than some, because they have been proactive in generating other sources of revenue for several years.

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The soil and water conservation district director said weather conditions the past two years have adversely affected local revenues in the equipment rental program.

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