WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The community of Washington is doing everything it can to weather economic the storm caused by November's tornado.
Monday night residents came to Bernardi's for a Washington business recovery Spaghetti dinner.
Washington Mayor Gary Manier is thankful the state pledged $45 million to help communities like Washington.
But, he says the problem is he doesn't know when that money will come or how much Washington will need.
Currently, the big concern is the lost tax revenue, including income, sales and property taxes.
"I am very concerned about the schools, and park district, including ICC, some of our property tax goes to ICC. Those people are going to have a short fall and I want to make sure the government understands that," said Washington Mayor Gary Manier.
The Peoria Area Chamber of commerce and city leaders are encouraging Peorians to shop in Washington this weekend to help bring back the city's tax base.