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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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City Sets Property Tax Levy

The Woodstock City Council approved an ordinance Dec. 6 setting its 2016 property tax levy at $9.26 million that forgoes an inflationary increase. The 2016 levy is $77,605 higher than […]

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As Cop Pension Costs Rise, Officials Raise Alarm

The city of Woodstock’s payments to its police pension fund have increased more than 60 percent since 2007, prompting some city officials to question the state’s formula for funding police […]

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Woodstock Police to Wear Body Cameras

Woodstock police officers will be outfitted with body cameras in a move city officials said is aimed at ensuring accountability from police and members of the public alike. Each of […]

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