City Nixes Landlord Registration Plan

City Nixes Landlord Registration Plan

A landlord registration program will not move forward as proposed after Mayor Brian Sager and members of the Woodstock City Council said they wouldn’t support it. More than 100 people gathered at a City Council meeting Oct. 3, many of them to voice opposition to a...
Council Approves Sales Tax Hike

Council Approves Sales Tax Hike

The sales tax in Woodstock will increase next year after the City Council approved a 1-point hike. The council voted 6-1 Sept. 19 to approve a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock, which will bring the total rate on most purchases to 8 percent starting Jan. 1, 2018. The...
New Development Approved for Highway 14

New Development Approved for Highway 14

Plans are moving forward for a new commercial complex with a drive-thru on Highway 14 after the Woodstock City Council backed the development at its Sept. 5 meeting. Chicago-based Troutman and Dams LLC wants to build a 10,400-square-foot, multi-unit complex in front...
City Council to Vote on 1-Point Home-Rule Sales Tax

City Council to Vote on 1-Point Home-Rule Sales Tax

Woodstock’s sales tax rate could rise in 2018 if the City Council approves an increase at a meeting later this month. The council will consider an ordinance Sept. 19 imposing a one-point home-rule sales tax that would raise the rate in Woodstock from 7 to 8 percent,...
Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Final costs for project total $61,000 A city-funded outdoor dining project ended up costing Woodstock over 20 percent more than estimated. Final expenses for the Benton Street Boardwalk totaled $61,115.52, according to Paul Christensen, Woodstock’s finance director....

Distillery to Add Outdoor Service for Tour Groups

A local distillery plans to add outdoor service and tastings to its offerings. Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling Co., 315 E. South St., will be allowed to host outdoor seating and on-site consumption of its products after the City Council modified the distillery’s...
Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Following a public hearing on the matter, city officials differ on whether or not to implement a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock — and if so, how much the city should charge. The City Council is considering increasing  Woodstock’s sales tax on general merchandise....
Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Woodstock could gain acreage and Bull Valley could gain access to city water and sewer services under the terms of a deal approved by both municipalities last month. A 20-year boundary agreement between the city of Woodstock and the village of Bull Valley would allow...
Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Benton Street Boardwalk was paid for with city TIF funds An outdoor dining project funded by the city of Woodstock has opened just off the Square. The Benton Street Boardwalk, a series of wooden platforms that allows some downtown restaurants to host al fresco dining,...
Council Meetings Could Be Viewed Online

Council Meetings Could Be Viewed Online

Woodstock City Council meetings could soon be accessed online if officials move forward with a plan to record them. At a workshop July 18, council members discussed different ways to broadcast the body’s twice-monthly meetings. Proposals ranged from basic — uploading...

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