Candidates for City Office Face Off at Public Forum

Candidates for City Office Face Off at Public Forum

Candidates for Woodstock mayor and City Council disagree on whether the city should raise its sales tax rate. The proposal to add a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock was a key issue at a candidate forum March 23 at the Woodstock Public Library. Three people are running...

City Posts Proposed Budget

The city of Woodstock will have slightly lower budgeted expenditures and slightly higher revenues in the next fiscal year if the City Council approves the budget presented to them March 21. In all, the proposed budget calls for the city to spend $32.04 million in the...

Woodstock Increases Fees for Gambling Machine Operators

Businesses with gambling machines will pay a lot more to the city of Woodstock for their licenses and permits. The yearly fee to host a video gambling terminal in Woodstock rose from $25 per machine to $500 per machine after the Woodstock City Council approved a...

City Cuts Property Tax, Mulls Sales Tax Hike

Woodstock shoppers might pay more in sales tax in exchange for a property tax cut. The Woodstock City Council voted unanimously March 7 to reduce the city’s property tax levy 10 percent, a move that will lower the tax bill on a $150,000 house by about $94 and cut the...
City Council Extends Contract for Lobbyist

City Council Extends Contract for Lobbyist

The city of Woodstock will have a lobbyist for another year after the City Council voted 6-1 to approve a contract extension for its Springfield-based legislative advocate. Joyce Nardulli will receive $60,000 from the city of Woodstock over the course of the one-year...

Mayoral Candidate Drops Out of Race

Allen Stebbins has withdrawn from the race for Woodstock mayor, cutting the field of candidates in that election to three. Stebbins, a graphic designer, said he dropped out of the race because he feared a potential conflict of interest would force him to recuse...
Council Passes Resolution on Courthouse Ownership, Use

Council Passes Resolution on Courthouse Ownership, Use

The Woodstock City Council formalized its support for retaining long-term city ownership of the Old Courthouse property by approving a resolution Dec. 6 outlining possible future uses for the historic buildings and stating the city’s intention to own at least part of...
Officials Consider TIF Extension to Pay for Courthouse

Officials Consider TIF Extension to Pay for Courthouse

Woodstock city officials said they will consider petitioning Springfield to extend the length of a tax increment financing district in order to help pay for the restoration of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on the Square. Woodstock’s TIF district, established...
Council Discusses Keeping Courthouse

Council Discusses Keeping Courthouse

City officials support retaining long-term public ownership of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House as Woodstock continues to restore the historic property and search for new uses for the old buildings. A report discussed by the Woodstock City Council Nov. 15...

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