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...
City Sets Property Tax Levy

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 last year’s total, which city officials said is attributable solely to new growth in...
As Cop Pension Costs Rise, Officials Raise Alarm

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 pensions. The city will contribute $1,153,597 to the pension fund for retired...
Woodstock Police to Wear Body Cameras

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 the Woodstock Police Department’s patrol officers will be issued body-worn cameras in...

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