Washington delivers good news to home-owners

By Beau Ebenezer

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 11:39 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- There is good news for those looking to rebuild their homes in Washington.

The city council voted unanimously Wednesday night to waive building permit and water connection fees.

City officials said it's not necessary to re-charge homeowners for something they already paid.

"We want to streamline the process," said Mayor Gary Manier. "We have learned from Moore Oklahoma and Joplin Missouri. The quicker you get people building is the way you want to move forward. We have to streamline things here and do things a little differently than before."

The city also said its moving along with the FEMA appeal process.

The federal agency denied public assistance to nine counties earlier this month.

But officials are re-collecting damage totals.

The city of Washington hopes the state will reach the $17.8 million threshold needed for federal help.

Final numbers have to be turned into Governor Pat Quinn's office in about two weeks.

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