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5/24/2022 - City Council Meeting
The Centralia City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday . . . Read More

6/14/2022 - City Council Meeting
The Centralia City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday . . . Read More

Welcome to Centralia – a city mixing an edgy arts and cultural side with a burgeoning amateur sports scene and a charming downtown district. 

Centralia offers hospitality, warmth and many smaller-city advantages.  Spend time browsing the boutiques and enjoying the historic ambience downtown.  Shop the afternoon away at the Centralia Factory Outlets.  Take in a captivating performance at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater.   

Access to Centralia couldn’t be easier, located along the I-5 corridor within a two hour’s drive of the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland. 

Plan your visit to Centralia here
Flood Emergency Information

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Flood Information - January 2022 Event

City of Centralia Strategic Plan

The role of the City of Centralia is to create an environment conducive to achieving community goals. This Strategic Plan was developed because our community faces many short- and long-term challenges and opportunities. We face real constraints and cannot “do it all.” We must prioritize what matters most to advance the community’s long-term desires for the future.

We will use the Strategic Plan to focus City efforts – beyond the day-to-day running of the City – on what matters most to achieve the community’s desired future. The Plan will help us continue to prioritize scarce resources. The Implementation Framework described on page 5 will guide that ongoing conversation among policy makers, staff, and members of the community.

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Cities 101

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.

SEWERS 101 - 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.

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.

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Learn about its history and view images

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 Kim Ashmore, 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

New Community Flood Assistance and Resilience Program launched.

Ecology's Office of the Chehalis Basin has begun the initial phase of a program being developed to fund a wide range of small-scale projects and actions that will reduce damage from flooding. For additional information please click on the following link: CFAR

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
National Flood Insurance Program & FloodSmart -- find out about flood insurance
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.

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