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....

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...
New Animal Shelter Breaks Ground

New Animal Shelter Breaks Ground

A campaign to fundraise for senior pet adoptions reached the $1 million mark, and organizers celebrated by breaking ground on a new animal shelter. Dawn Kemper first saw her dream come to life in 2005 when she founded Young at Heart, a rescue dedicated to senior pets,...
Council OKs Rules for Outdoor Dining Project

Council OKs Rules for Outdoor Dining Project

A fourth establishment will be added to the Benton Street Boardwalk after the Woodstock City Council finalized the rules for the controversial outdoor dining project. Benton Street Tap will join three other restaurants in using the “boardwalk,” a city-funded project...

City Council Closes Gas Station Gambling Loophole

The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses. The city amended its Unified Development Ordinance April 4 to create a new definition for truck stops in order to differentiate them from gas...

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...
Council OKs More Stringent Voting Rule

Council OKs More Stringent Voting Rule

The seven-member Woodstock City Council will need at least four yes votes to pass most measures regardless of how many members are present to vote. The new rule, approved unanimously by the City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting, sets a higher threshold for approving...
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...

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