Bloomfield council postpones budget discussion

The Daily Times staff

BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield City Council has tabled a discussion about potential budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year.

City Manager Eric Strahl was unable to attend a special work session today before the regular council meeting due to a medical emergency, Mayor Scott Eckstein said.

Councilors were scheduled to discuss a possible budget reduction for the 2016-2017 fiscal year because revenue from gross receipts taxes has fallen short of city officials' estimates.

Strahl was scheduled to present options to reduce the city's general fund budget of $6.8 million by about $750,000, according to Brad Ellsworth, the city's finance director.

The city must submit its final budget to the state by the end of the month, Eckstein said.

The work session has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. July 18 at the council chambers.

During today's regular meeting, councilors approved updating the city's long-range planning to improve infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan identifies short- and long-range capital projects the city has planned from 2018-2022, according to council paperwork.

The plan ranks 49 projects, including improvements to the city's water utility, parks, roads and buildings.

Public Works Director Jason Thomas said the plan will help the city make capital requests to state agencies and will be presented to the state Legislature next year.