Delivering his State of the City address at a Centralia Greater Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby emphasized a common thread of public/private partnerships in helping improve, as well as clean up and showcase the city.
According to Ashby, while it has been a difficult year, the city has managed to get its fiscal house in order. He says the general budget has been reduced by 13 percent in two years and the entire budget has been reduced by 25 percent.
Ashby credits the hiring of City Manager Dan Ramey as being the turning point for the City of Centralia, and also thanked city employees for their hard work.
He says progress has been made and he looks toward implementing a settings standard to continue the progress. That standard calls for further fiscal responsibility, professional behavior and integrity, transparency and citizen input.