Bloomfield City Council to discuss budget woes

Hannah Grover
Facing a $1.3 million budget shortfall, Bloomfield City Council has opted to implement pay cuts for employees, as well as cut back on operating hours at the Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center.

FARMINGTON — Bloomfield officials are once again looking at ways to cut spending during fiscal year 2017.

The City Council will discuss the city's budget for fiscal year 2017 during a meeting Monday evening.

"The council has to make some final decisions on what we might have to do," City Manager Eric Strahl said.

He said the revenue from gross receipts taxes has not been what the city estimated while drafting the preliminary budget.

"We're looking at having to make another reduction of about $180,000," he said.

The city may have to close the pool during the winter and is looking at instituting furloughs, as well, according to Mayor Scott Eckstein. Eckstein said the final budget must be submitted by the end of July.

Strahl expects the City Council to vote on a final budget for fiscal year 2017 during its meeting on Monday, July 25. Strahl said if the city continues to have to make cuts in its budget, it may have to eliminate some of the services it currently offers.

In Aztec, the City Commission will meet Tuesday evening.

Aztec commissioners are expected to approve a resolution that will help the city receive funding from the New Mexico Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of Western Drive. That work will be necessary due to the construction of a sewer outfall line this summer. The road was already torn up to relocate a gas line and will see further work this summer as the sewer outfall line is installed down the center of the street. The sewer line will take the waste water from the city and transport it to the treatment plant at the end of South Oliver Drive.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.