Board Passes Budget With Slight Hike, Using Funds To Assuage
Other Tax Hurts
The Olive Town Board voted to accept the 2005 budget at this
month’s meeting by a tally of 3-0, with councilper-sons
Henry Rank and Linda Burkhardt absent. No electronic voting
machines were used in the tally.
Olive Supervisor Brendt Leifeld explained that an application
of unexpended funds from last year’s budget enabled the
town to decrease the Total Amount To Be Raised By Taxes by 2.74%
Although the Highway and Special Fire District Funds to be raised
increased 4.12% and .82% respectively, the General Fund was
reduced by 11.6%, leaving a hike in total budget appropriations
of 1.56%. The General Fund amount was reduced $114,915 from
the 2004 budget, while the Highway and Fire District totals
rose $43,810 and $3,431 in figures which bottom line at $2,404,621.
Hinckley’s Time Of Year...
On a rainy morning with the season’s first snow line draping
the flanks of Rose Mountain, Tim Hinckley stopped by Mora’s
Market in Big Indian to try and answer a question sometimes
asked amongst the ninety-some percent of us who aren’t
hunters; the question why?
A former DEC-licensed hunting, fishing and camping guide and
assistant Forest Ranger, Hinkley’s hunted these woods
all of his life. For the past 15 years, he’s been the
caretaker of the Winosook Club at the crest of the Oliverea
Valley, maintaining its 15 cabins, 800-some acres and its pristine
private lake halfway up Slide Mountain. It’s a position
he cherishes as much as the wilderness that surrounds him, and
where he’s raised his two boys now 17 and 9.