WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Despite the fact that the weather hasn't cooperated this Spring, there are positive signs out of tornado ravaged Washington.
More than 550 building permits have been issued. Those will cover half of the homes damaged or destroyed in the November storms.
There is also good news for the city's budget. Sales tax income was down slightly in December, but not nearly as much as first thought.
"We're encouraged by the December numbers,” said Washington Mayor Gary Manier. “Once we get the next set of numbers, we're going to report them right away. We want to make people aware that they can't forget about us. We still need people to shop Washington."
Mayor Manier expects the city's economy to continue to improve as local construction companies hire more employees to help rebuild Washington.