Garfield: A Northwest Travel Nexus
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Predawn blush viewed
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Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve
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On Election Day, March 3, 2020, Arkansans voted on political candidates, in nonpartisan elections, and on local issues. The citizens of Garfield voted on a proposal by the Garfield City Council to levy a one-half percent increase in the City's sales and use tax. The purpose of the proposed tax increase is to fund the City's water infrastructure.
Follow the link below to see the election results via the Benton County website.
March is a month for turning points. A seasonal switch will be accompanied by welcome signs of Spring, warming days and first blooms. Voters will go to the polls to pick political candidates and settle local issues. For March events in Garfield, read more below.
On Tuesday, March 3, Election Day, the citizens of Garfield will have an opportunity to vote on a one-half percent sales and use tax increase for the City’s water infrastructure. For background information on this Special Election, read here. Garfield’s voting center at the NEBCO Community Building, 17823 Marshall Street (HWY 62), will be open from 7:30 AM until 7:30 PM.
On Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 AM, Daylight Saving Time begins! Per the familiar adage, “Spring Forward,” set your clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night.
On Tuesday, March 10, the Garfield City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting at City Hall, starting at 6:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
For the first time in more than a century, Spring will come early this year! At 10:49 PM on Thursday, March 19, the Vernal (Spring) Equinox will occur. The word equinox is derived from two Latin words, aequus (equal) and nox (night). Day and night will be about the same length on an equinox. Read more here.
The Garfield Planning Commission will meet on the last Thursday of the month, on March 26, at City Hall, starting at 6:00 PM.
Check the City Calendar for important events each month.
On March 3, 2020, the citizens of Garfield voted to approve the City Council's proposed tax increase of one-half percent.
As a prelude to the Special Election on March 3, Mayor Gary Blackburn held two public forums, the first on February 11, prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Garfield City Council, and the second on February 25. The February forums were scheduled to provide information to the public regarding the purpose of the proposed tax increase.
The tax revenue gained by the approved increase will be used to fund the Garfield Water System's infrastructure needs. The tax increase will end after 24 months.
The generation of funds through the increase in sales and use tax is an alternative to an increase in water rates or the sale of the Garfield Water System to another municipality.
In April 2019, new water meters were installed for customers of the Garfield Water System. The new Hydrus electronic meters by Diehl enable accurate measurement of water usage.
Due to the cost of these advanced water meters and their installation, the Garfield City Council proposed an ordinance to establish fees for the repair or replacement of damaged water meter components.
The first reading of the proposed ordinance was made at the October 2019 meeting of the City Council. As noted by Mayor Gary Blackburn at the following monthly meeting, in November, the endpoints of some of the new water meters were being damaged by lawnmowers.
At the December 2019 meeting of the City Council, the proposed ordinance concerning damaged water meters was passed by a unanimous vote. The new ordinance, Ordinance 185, provides for a range of fees, from $50 to $885, that may be assessed for the repair and/or replacement of water meter components.
Water meter components include the electronic meter, container lid, connection cords, and radio.
In addition, the willful violation of the terms of Ordinance 185 may result in a penalty of up to $300.
To read more about the passage of Ordinance 185 and to access a copy of the ordinance, follow the Learn More link below.
Welcome to the City of Garfield Website!
Abraham Lincoln’s barber, William de Fleurville, was about to shave his beard, when Mr. Lincoln said, “Willie, let’s give them a chance to grow.” And grow they did.
I believe, the day will come when people will say, “They gave the City of Garfield a chance to grow and grow it did.”
On behalf of the Garfield City Council, I welcome you to our new City of Garfield website. I believe you will find the contents of this site to be informative, enlightening, and entertaining.
As you browse about, please pay attention to our local business partners. When you “Buy In Garfield,” you automatically become a B.I.G. Spender, and thereby further the growth of the City of Garfield.
If you are a first-time visitor to our website, I encourage you to browse content about the historic Garfield Elementary School, with its iconic Bell Tower, and our own Hamilton Park. Also, Garfield is near travel destinations in the region, including Beaver Lake, Lost Bridge Village, the Pea Ridge National Military Park, and the Rob and Melani Walton Nature Preserve. No trip to Northwest Arkansas would be complete without a visit to one or more of these local jewels.
Lastly, it is my hope that this website will be the “tie that binds us together,” as citizens, tourists, businesses, and government. God Bless America, and God Bless Garfield.