At their last meeting, the Johnson County Commissioners asked University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service employees Blaine Horn and Rachel Vardiman to give them an update on the Extension Service and specifically to address the recent rent increase at the building housing them.
Horn explained there was an inrease in rent when the building was purchased by Grouse Mountain Environmental Services a few years ago. Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and Lake DeSmet Conservation District moved out of the building at that time and the Extension Service utilized more space, which resulted in the higher rent, but it has remained at that level until now.
Horn asked Grouse Mountain to bring rent increases to him to allow him time to budget for them before the July 1 start of each fiscal year, which they agreed to do. There will not be a budget problem this year due to the rent increase, according to Horn.
The commissioners took no action on the rent increase.