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Kalama's 2016 Budget Overview

Budget Chart 2016 will be a year for growth, recovery and new beginnings.   After the December 8, 2015 Flood, many downtown businesses, Post Office, Cowlitz Fire District #5, Police Department, Library, and City offices are working hard to repair and recover from the event.  The City’s Office and the Police Department are currently operating from the Kalama Community Building. Once ready the Heritage Bank building will become the new City Hall and staff will relocate to that location.  The Library is currently closed and hopefully will reopen for limited served early in the year.  By the end of the year it is hoped it will be operating in the newly renovated old City Hall providing much needed space, increasing their ability to serve the community efficiently.  The Police will continue to operate from the Community Building until either their building is renovated or a new location is found.  Prior to the flooding in December the City passed the 2016 budget which includes completing the Street improvements on China Garden Road, street overlays downtown, and work on Meeker Drive, many of which are mostly grant funded. The City will also use general fund reserves to conduct a Stormwater Utility study in 2016.   The remodeling of the City Hall building for the Library and painting of the Police Station are included in the budget, but may be altered due to the flooding event.   The City, based on recommendations included in the comprehensive Water/Sewer Rate Study increased the water and sewer rates in 2016 and will do so in each of the next four years.  Garbage rates were also increased by Waste Control and the City.  Much needed maintenance upgrades will be completed at both the Water and Wastewater plants, along with a water and sewer line extension at Robb Road.     In 2015 the City kept its eye on the future economic development plans of the Port of Kalama and continues to work with them to help encourage new business and development.   The City will continue to work on economic development including seeking a grant to look at the downtown core area and how to encourage the locating of new business there.   

 

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  • THANK YOU!

    Thank you to all the AMALAK ladies for their work on the Community DInner. Also a thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and Envision Kalama for their help with the event, NW Innovations for their donation, and to all who attended.

  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Businesses

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  • Post Office Update Post Office Update

    Post Office Update: The building is finally dried out and renovations will begin. Projection for completion is Mid-March. The Post Office staff, and building owner are disappointed, as I am sure the community is, that it is taking longer than originally hoped. The goal is to have a clean and safe building when it reopens. Thank you for your patience. For more click on Title

  • FRIENDLY REMINDERS

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  • WATER/SEWER RATE INCREASES

    In 2015 the City of Kalama conducted a comprehensive water/sewer rate study and based upon the findings and recommendations included in the final report, has adopted a schedule of rate increases to be implemented over the next five years. Beginning with the bill citizens will receive at the beginning of February for January usage, water rates will be increased 4% and sewer rates will increase 9.5%. Based on an average usage of 600 cubic feet, the increase will be approximately $7.58 per month. With an average monthly usage of 1000 cubic feet, the increase will be approximately $8.00 per month. Garbage rates also had an increase of .07 on a 32 gallon cart and .35 on a 60 gallon cart. Citizens will see water/sewer rate increases in January of each of the following years of 2% each year for water and 9.5% for 2017 & 2018, 8.5% in 2019 and 2% in 2020 for sewer. City of Kalama - 2015 Water Sewer Rate Report

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