Centralia mayor delivers State of the City address

CENTRALIA — Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby has released his State-of-the-City presentation, which shows a more than $284,000 reduction in Centralia’s General Corporate Budget from four years ago.

Tom Ashby
Tom Ashby

The city also has a substantial increase of cash on hand from nearly negative $22,000 in 2012, to more than $1.262 million projected for this year.

According to Ashby, real estate taxes levied and received by the city have dropped more than $157,000 over the last four years and municipal debt has been nearly cut in half from more than $11 million in 2010 to just under $6 million in 2015.

Ashby also praised the efforts and successes of the Youth Commission, Parks Advisory, Tourism Commission, and Veteran Affairs Committee, along with the Melrose Area Neighborhood Association and Image Committee.

He noted a significant increase in demolitions, with over 50 dilapidated structures removed in 2014, and $100,000 dedicated in 2015 to remove 50 or more homes targeted for demolition.

Centralia has also seen a number of public works projects completed in 2014 and others set to be completed in 2015. Much of the infrastructure improvements being tackled by the city are being done with grant funding.

Ashby’s complete presentation can be seen here.