City to Hold Hearing on Sales Tax Increase

The City Council will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to increase the sales tax in Woodstock. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, in the council chambers at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St. When the proposal first was floated this...
Should the Sales Tax Be Raised?

Should the Sales Tax Be Raised?

As Woodstock officials weigh whether to increase the city’s sales tax rate, local entrepreneurs are divided over how a hike would impact their businesses. A proposal to raise the sales tax by one percentage point means Woodstock shoppers would pay 8 percent on general...

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...

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 Formalizes Home Rule in Code

City Council Formalizes Home Rule in Code

The Woodstock City Council re-adopted and amended the city code Jan. 17 to include Woodstock’s new status as a home-rule municipality. The action had little practical effect on the city’s business, as the Illinois Secretary of State certified Woodstock’s home-rule...
Woodstock’s Population Higher than Estimated

Woodstock’s Population Higher than Estimated

It turns out Woodstock is a little larger than the U.S. Census Bureau initially thought. The final tally from a special census completed in September shows the city with a population of 25,528, which is 171 more than the Census Bureau’s preliminary estimate. That...
Woodstock's Population: 25,000-plus

Woodstock's Population: 25,000-plus

Woodstock’s population is 25,357, according to the preliminary results of a special census, a figure that will give the city home-rule status. Numbers compiled by the United States Census Bureau estimate Woodstock has 587 more residents today than it had in 2010, when...

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