Do you know our city works? Learn more about the value of our city systems through the following videos created by Association of Washington Cities
- Learn how our modern sewer systems work, how they are paid for, and why cities and you should be making a big stink about it.
POPULATION GROWTH 101
- Washington’s population is booming, and much of that growth is happening in cities. Watch this video to learn how many people are expected to move to Washington, and what it means for cities as they budget, plan, and prepare for the growth.
BUDGET AND REVENUES 101
- Watch the video to learn about where city revenues come from, the important city services they support, and that vibrant cities need reliable and stable revenue to fund the many things we love about our cities.
STREETS AND THE CITY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM 101
- Nearly every trip in Washington begins or ends on a city street. Watch the video to learn about city streets and the many important features of the transportation system. As cities grapple to fund priorities, it's critical these important assets are well designed, constructed and maintained for today, and into the future.
PROPERTY TAX 101
- Property tax is the largest revenue source for cities in Washington State. More specifically, it comprises nearly 25% of all city revenue, but on average, cities only receive 13 cents of each property tax dollar paid. This revenue supports critical city services, including police officers, firefighters, streets, sidewalks, and parks.
Shoreline Management Plan Update
The City has joined together with Lewis County and other cities to share data, perform the analysis, and developed consistent as possible policies and regulations across the region. The SMP updates are being funded by a Department of Ecology grant that will be administered through Lewis County on behalf of the cities. For additional information, please visit the Centralia SHORELINE MASTER PLAN website
Save the Borst Park Blockhouse
The Blockhouse is a symbol of Centralia's rich history and is a landmark to the community. Learn more about the rich history of the Blockhouse and preserving it for future generations.
Transportation Benefit District - Sale and Use Tax Levy Information
The Governing Board of the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) of the City of Centralia adopted a Resolution No. 2015-01 concerning a sale and use tax to finance transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) to be collected for a term of 10 years. This money would pay or finance a portion of the costs of transportation improvement projects identified in the six-year improvement and/or comprehensive plans of the City of Centralia. Please contact Kahle Jennings, Public Works Director at (360) 330-7512 for additional information.
Enabling Resolution TBD 2015-01
Sales and Use Tax Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Sales and Use Tax Levy Presentation
Expect Your Flood Insurance Rates To Increase
The U.S. Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 in July 2012, which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run. The legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders. The changes will mean premium rate increases for some—but not all—policyholders over time.
Changes Coming to the National Flood Insurance Program-What to Expect (Presentation) --> Click here.
FEMA Flood Insurance Consumer Handout --> Click here.
FEMA Handout Changing Risks: Changing Rates --> Click here.
Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (FEMA Website) -->Click here.
Impact of NFIP Changes Handout --> Click here.
BE FLOOD READY
Are you getting ready for the upcoming 2016/17 flood season?
Here are a few tips to prepare ahead: Be Informed, Plan Ahead, Have an Emergency Kit (checklist for kids, checklist for parents), and Get Involved. Visit the Centralia's Flood Information webpages for additional information.