Budget Blog

What Is the Capital Improvement Plan and What the Vote on the Plan Means for Ashland

Because of the amount of information on our Capital Improvement Project Plan, this post is written as an outline rather than in narrative form. Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Overview: Timeframe, Inputs and Individual Project Approval The Capital Plan is a 20-year document compiling all the infrastructure needs for this time period. Each department (water, electric, etc.)…

Past Due? What To Do.

In listening to the inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris yesterday I am thankful for the hope this ceremonial and historic pause brings. However, as our president and vice president transition quickly to the work of their offices, it is clear the needs of our communities, and our nation, do not pause. Specifically, the…

Utility Rates Begin With Master Plans

In our recent forums, council candidates received an excellent question about our Water Master Plan directing rate increases of 4% year over year. This begs the question, how are our utility rates established and what drives the increases? I love this question because it focuses on a critical part of the rate setting process. Our…

Economic Diversity, Where Do We Start?

Recent smoke events and the impacts of COVID-19 not only encourage, but demand, we look at Ashland’s economy and the diversity of its’ industries. More to the point, we may say we need greater economic diversity in Ashland but what does that look like and how do we achieve the goal without adversely impacting affordability…

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Once Upon A Biennium…

Come the spring, Ashland will start planning for the next biennium budget. As we prepare for the budget work ahead, it is my goal to share information on topics that impact our city’s planning and often generate questions. I hope you find it helpful.


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