“We discussed capital projects and road improvements until we were blue in the face,” said Heather Russell, Centralia city administrator, introducing the discussion on the 2019-20 Centralia city budget.
Additionally, new cars, new police officers and a new police department headquarters were also brought up during the March 5 Centralia Board of Aldermen budget work session.
Russell said the water and sewer rate increases were planned, but the electric rate increase was driven by necessity. “Our electric meters are becoming obsolete and need replaced.” The possible need to replace a city electrical substation was also mentioned. A replacement utility billing system would cost approximately $740,000. The current system is 11 years old. Russell said the system would not be supported within three years.
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