Washington Mayor has high hopes for 2014

By WEEK Reporter

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The city of Washington had a rough end to 2013.

While the mayor has high hopes for the new year, 2015 could bring an entire new problem.

The number of homes lost in the city will significantly impact property tax revenue.

Mayor Gary Manier said schools, the park district and the library will be hardest hit. He said the 2015-2016 school year will be very lean when it comes to property taxes.

Despite it all, the mayor is hopeful for the future of Washington.

"We're going to be bigger and stronger, 2014 is going to be the year of Washington," said Mayor Gary Manier. "I think we're going to surprise a lot of people come close to the anniversary date."

Mayor Manier said he realizes the rebuilding process is difficult but said he will continue to fight for his residents.

Close to 200 building permits have already been issued, but the mayor said it could take three to five years to rebuild the 1,100 homes destroyed.