By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

On Feb. 15, the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors met for a budget work session.

Supervisors discussed ways to control/lower the tax levy rate to ease the burden on taxpayers throughout the county. The plan is to reduce it over the next four years.

Supervisor Mike Dickson shared his opinion that the county needs to do this gradually.

“If we go by the plan where we’re lowering it every year for the next four years, then we should keep enough fund balance in there that we can cover everything,” he said. “If we go too fast here, we could be hurting ourselves.”

Regarding the upcoming fiscal year budget, Dickson questioned the projected revenues in the Sheriff’s department. He said the revenue in that department through six months of the current year would not project to what is shown in the budget. The supervisors plan to visit again with department heads from which the supervisors need clarification about budgetary numbers.

Item No. 4 on the agenda was “Strategic Planning agreement with Region XII,” but the supervisors tabled that item.

The next meeting of the supervisors will be a regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The public is welcome. Attendees may participate in person or by calling 323-792-6123 and inputting conference ID 547029216#.