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...
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,...
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....
Residents Weigh in on Sales Tax Increase

Residents Weigh in on Sales Tax Increase

The condition of Woodstock’s infrastructure, taxes and business climate dominated discussion at a public hearing on a possible increase to the city’s sales tax. Opinion was divided during the Aug. 1 hearing before the City Council, which stretched for about an hour...

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...
Candidates for City Office Face Off at Public Forum

Candidates for City Office Face Off at Public Forum

Candidates for Woodstock mayor and City Council disagree on whether the city should raise its sales tax rate. The proposal to add a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock was a key issue at a candidate forum March 23 at the Woodstock Public Library. Three people are running...

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...

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