Monthly Archive: March 2019

Councilmember Abbarno supports Early Childhood Learning in State Capital Budget

Those curious about the $2 million appropriation for a “Centralia-Chehalis Early Learning Conversion Project” in the 2019-2021 state capital budget proposed by the House Capital Budget Committee won’t find many clues about it in the budget document or other resources.

The funding model submitted with the proposal requires the project take place within an existing school building. Centralia City Councilor Peter Abbarno has been part of early talks among stakeholders and noted the potential for a private school to become a partner along with the public bodies.

“I think the possibilities to expand just on early learning can really transform the community,” Abbarno said. “It would be an amazing economic development boost to allow working families and single parents to advance their careers, go to school and get job-related training. I think once we find a location, building the partnerships to make it a reality is going to go pretty quickly.”

Read more in The Daily Chronicle.

Abbarno Announces Intent to Seek Re-Election to Centralia City Council

Centralia City Council Peter Abbarno announced his intention to seek a second term on the council Friday and told The Chronicle he intended to file the necessary paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission the same day.

A press release distributed by Abbarno on Friday touts his volunteerism with local schools and organizations such as the Hub City Mission Cold Weather Shelter and Centralia Little League. It also lists endorsements from state Reps. Ed Orcutt and Richard DeBolt, Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza, Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Meyer and other public officials.

“I think the greatest challenges for our community will be how we handle growth and how we prepare for it,” Abbarno said. “We can’t move forward without being organized on where we want growth. We have a lot of great opportunities, but they can backfire if we don’t plan well.”

Asked what he plans to hang his hat on from his first term on the council, Abbarno pointed to his voting record on fiscal matters. He supported increased city funding for senior citizen programs and for early learning programs at Timberland Library. Abbarno also said he’s voted against every tax increase that’s come before the city council.

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Motion by Centralia Councilmember Peter Abbarno to earmark funds for community organizations passes.

In November 2018, the Centralia City Council voted to raise the property tax levy by 1% by a 4-3 vote on second reading. I again opposed the tax increase because it is unnecessary when the City budget is balanced with conservative revenue projections and our reserves increase while meeting the needs of our departments and city. However, I was successful in amending the City Budget by a 4-3 vote to earmark the tax increase for community organizations like the Lewis County Seniors and Hub City Mission Severe Weather Shelter. Ultimately, this week, Reliable Enterprises was awarded the funding for their Rent Well program.

Councilmember Peter Abbarno voted against Centralia property tax levy increase.

“I made the motion because I really wanted to stand up for the taxpayers of Centralia and try to give them back the money,” Peter Abbarno said Thursday. “We passed a balanced budget and used conservative revenue projections, so I was disappointed when the council voted to increase taxes. Rather than that money just going into the general fund, why not increase a community line item? It was my way of giving that money back, because I don’t think we needed it. I have consistently voted against raising taxes on the residents of the city. Read more in The Chronicle.

Councilmember Peter Abbarno: Encourage smart residential and commercial growth.

United Natural Foods has yet to announce how many people it will employ at the grocery distribution center in Centralia, but developer Tom O’Keefe said he believes it will be more than 350. Right now, however, there may not be enough local housing for these employees.

“There is a ripple effect to people living here,” said Centralia City councilor Peter Abbarno. “When you merely work here, you may not utilize the services that you would if you live here. So we want to create a vibrant community and — if we are going to do that — we need to encourage smart residential and commercial growth.”

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