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      Guymon's capital improvement tax is giving the city a facelift

      About a year and a half ago, the citizens of Guymon passed two separate, one cent capital improvement taxes, which have produced funding for several projects that will heavily impact the community's quality of life.

      Among the projects that have come to fruition because of the tax include a brand new fire station, a new library, new animal shelter, across the board park improvements (starting with Thompson park), and finally some street paving projects to help develop neighborhoods.

      Projects funded by the other one cent tax include mainly water infrastructure items like a new multi-million dollar wastewater treatment facility, 3 new water wells, a new pump station, new underground water mains, and a 1 million gallon storage unit.

      Each one cent capital improvement tax is calculated to bring in 1.4 million dollars each year in tax revenue for the next 20 years.

      City officials and citizens alike are proud to see the improvements coming, but it all started with a survey and heavy citizen input.

      "The very people that voted for it, the very people that live here asked for it, and they've come to the plate to make their town, their home, their place to make a living, a viable place. I think that it's all thanks to the citizens of Guymon," said Ted Graham, Guymon city manager.