By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

During the May 21 regular meeting of the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors, a public hearing was held regarding the county’s fiscal year 2023/2024 proposed budget amendment. County Auditor Dani Fink provided updated budgetary data. No members of the general public spoke during the hearing.

Supervisor Steve Smith said departments may have to tighten their belts to get through the current fiscal year without exceeding the budgeted expenditures.

“Some things are needs. Some things are ‘I wish I could,’ ” Smith said.

Following the public hearing, the supervisors unanimously approved the budget amendment as proposed.

Becky Benton (State Street Insurance) spoke to the supervisors about insurance and insurance premiums. Regarding the Fiscal Year 2024 Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA) renewal, she mentioned that, overall, Workers Comp insurance rates are finally coming back down.

Board Chair JD Kuster mentioned he received an email about a possible grant the county could use for work on railroad crossing. He will meet with County Engineer Josh Sebern to consider if the county should pursue it.

As part of the consent agenda, the supervisors approved a payroll change for Cindi Fox (dispatcher), who qualifies for a six-month increase. Her hourly wage will increase from $20 to $26.92. The supervisors also approved a liquor license renewal for The Port.

The next regular meeting of the supervisors will be Tuesday, May 28. The public is welcome. Attendees may participate in person or by calling 323-792-6123 and inputting conference ID 547029216#.