By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

During the regular meeting of the Guthrie Center City Council on March 25, discussion was held about “eyesore structures” in the city. Council members noted that many such structures in the city are in disrepair and/or are constructed using substandard materials.

The council discussed an Accessory Building permit request for 607 N. 4th St. The council noted that the request is after-the-fact, since the building is already built and in use.

“Absolutely there are things there that need corrected,” said Councilmember Garold Thomas.

Thomas said for him, it’s an easy decision, since the request is to be submitted before any buildings go up. The council voted unanimously to deny the request.

City clerk Kris Arrasmith reminded the public of the upcoming opportunity to ask about the tax levy.

“Overall, assessed value of property in Guthrie County went up, period. And if your property is worth more, you pay more in taxes, plain and simple,” said Arrasmith. “Our levy rate actually went down.”

The council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, April 8. On that evening, a public hearing on the tax levy will be at 6:15 p.m. The regular council meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome.