Guide to Washington
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Mayor: “The future is bright for our great city”
Our city continues to be a desirable place to live, raise a family, and own a business. We offer so much and our residents appreciate living here. We have many churches, great schools, recreational trails (over 13 miles), 5 Points Washington community center, family owned businesses, historic downtown square, many service organizations, affordable housing, great neighborhoods, and we support every fundraiser possible.

The council have taken strides to improve our aging infrastructure beginning with the east end of our city. We have a 20-year plan in place to complete the entire city including underground utilities. We still hope to see reconstruction of North Lawndale and West Holland yet this year.

Being a home rule community and dependent on sales tax, we must grow our sales tax base and need to continue remaining business friendly. We compete with our surrounding communities and must be competitive.

We’ve been successful in working on bringing Tres Rojas Winery here and were able to annex the farmland east of town. The addition of the winery will attract folks to our community that will eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, buy gas, and hopefully become a destination.

Several road projects continue to be our top priorities, Freedom Parkway, Nofsinger Road realignment (which includes a signalized intersection at Route 24 Bypass) and reconstruction of Business Route 24.

We are excited to have Ray Forsythe as our new City Administrator, who came to us with a great background in economic development. Ray was very successful while serving in Moline, Ill.

We have 223 acres that the City purchased several months before the EF4 tornado in November of 2013 and were successful in securing $250,000 for design and engineering on the intersection connected to this property. That work is complete and we feel that the State’s new infrastructure bill will include this intersection. City Administrator Forsythe will help lead us in identifying what our options might be for this property, but without the road either being completed or at least under construction it may be somewhat difficult. We’ve also recently approved an engineering study for our third water tower.

The City has recently sold property that was no longer needed for flood control. Washington continues to be financially sound and we are doing our best to make our city the best it can be. The future is bright for our great city and in 2025 we will be celebrating our Bicentennial.