Monday, June 29, 2009

Looking For Your Input
Annual Citizen Survey

The City of Centralia is asking its citizens to help shape the future of the City by completing and returning the 2009 Annual Citizen Survey (embedded above). The survey contains questions regarding City services, taxes, economic development and spending priorities. Answers to this survey are anonymous and participation is voluntary, although strongly encouraged as the City Council and administration relies on the survey results to determine how best to allocate your tax dollars and to set priorities. As an additional incentive, this year the City is offering the option of having your survey entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to a local restaurant. The Survey takes approximately 8-10 minutes to complete, and can be returned City Hall through the mail or dropped off at the Utilites drop-box located on Poplar Street; or to the Clerks Office at City Hall. The deadline to return the survey is August 7, 2009.
Click Here to view Previous Years Results

Monday, June 15, 2009

Award Winning City

City Receives GFOA Budget Document Award

City Receives Prestigious Distinguished Budget Document Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of America and Canada.
The City of Centralia was recently honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), by announcing that the City has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2009 budget.
The award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the City’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Included in the budget, were a 50 page Strategic Plan which outlines the priorities of the City and gives citizens an idea of what long-term goals and plans are; and a 40 page Capital Improvement Plan that authorizes and provides the basis for control of expenditures in the acquisition of significant City assets and construction of all capital facilities. These two plans, along with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, guide both policy and budgetary decisions each budget cycle.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. Of this number, only 1,069 entities received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (or 6%), with only 76 entities receiving the award from Illinois. This award has been earned by cities in Illinois such as Chicago, Peoria, and Champaign. The City of Centralia joins with Carbondale as one of 2 cities south of Interstate 74, and one of 6 cities outside of the Chicagoland area to receive the award.
This year marks the third year that the City of Centralia has successfully applied for the award. The budget was reviewed by three randomly-selected independent reviewers from a cadre of GFOA qualified professionals. Those who reviewed the budget stated that it was "Outstanding," "A great overview of the city along with an assortment of demographic and statistical information." "This document is attractively formatted and well organized with an appropriate level of detail" and "Just an excellent document, many outstanding items!" City staff worked very hard to create such a valued policy document to Centralia which will guide the budgeting process for many years to come.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

May 30th, 2009 Memorial Day Ceremony held at the Elmwood Cemetery

The Centralian

Spring 2009 - Vol.2 No.1

(Click picture to download the latest edition of the Centralian)
The Centralian, the official newsletter of the City of Centralia, is released twice a year in efforts to keep citizens apprised to local government projects, events, plans and goals for the future. The newsletter is mailed to all resident water customers in the fall and spring and may also be picked up at City Hall or downloaded by clicking the picture above.