Bill Podulka, an anti-fracking activist from Caroline, fills us in on the recent resolution by members of the Caroline town board that proposed that the town refrain from banning heavy industrial activity in the town. The motion was tabled when 200 residents showed up to protest the proposition. Podulka is a member of ROUSE (residents opposed to unsafe shale-gas extraction).
Beth Reynolds, the owner of a 12-year-old mustang, recounts the joys and difficulties of training and owning one of these spirited horses. She bought “Banjo” nine years ago when Cornell brought the mustangs to Ithaca as part of a national program that captures the feral horses on western rangeland and sells them to willing owners. The program is administrated by the Bureau of Land Management.
Our guests this week are Tompkins County administrator Joe Mareane and legislator Jim Dennis (D, Ulysses), who is also the chair of the budget and capital committee. The state has been cutting funding to the counties for a few years, but has still expected them to provide the same state-mandated services. This has been meant cuts in staff and programming and also increases in the county tax levy. With the 2 percent property tax cap imminent, what is the county going to do next?