Bloomfield voters will weigh in on tax increase

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Bloomfield voters on Tuesday will determine whether the city should raise taxes to generate more revenue for the city's operational costs.

Residents can vote in the special election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. First St.

The election will determine whether a one-fourth of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase will go into effect. The increased revenue would go to the city’s general fund for "general municipal purposes," according to the resolution the Bloomfield City Council approved.

Currently, Bloomfield's gross receipts tax rate is 7.9375 percent, according to city officials.

The election was approved after officials with the Bloomfield Fire Department campaigned to raise taxes as a way to continue operating with 10 paid firefighters after a $1 million federal grant that covered the cost of seven firefighters' salaries expires.

Revenue generated by the tax increase was initially expected to cover the salaries of those seven firefighters.

The city recently cut about $1.3 million from its budget for this fiscal year, which included a 3.46 percent pay cut for all city employees, except for firefighters, who are paid through the federal grant.

During a City Council meeting July 26, Mayor Scott Eckstein said that if the tax increase is approved, the council will decide how the additional revenue will be spent.

If the tax increase is passed, the tax hike will go into effect on Jan. 1.