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....
Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Outdoor Dining Opens on Benton Street

Benton Street Boardwalk was paid for with city TIF funds An outdoor dining project funded by the city of Woodstock has opened just off the Square. The Benton Street Boardwalk, a series of wooden platforms that allows some downtown restaurants to host al fresco dining,...
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...

Lakewood Dissolves TIF District

Lakewood officials dissolved a tax increment financing district that was the subject of an agreement between the village and Woodstock School District 200. The intergovernmental agreement was immediately voided. When it was created in 2015, village officials touted...
Council OKs Purchase for Outdoor Dining Project

Council OKs Purchase for Outdoor Dining Project

Part of Benton Street is set to be reserved for al fresco dining this summer after the Woodstock City Council approved plans for a project that some said shouldn’t receive public funding. Restaurants along Benton Street will be able to pay a fee to use one of several...
City Removes Prindiville’s Property From TIF

City Removes Prindiville’s Property From TIF

The Woodstock City Council removed several properties from the city’s Tax Increment Financing District April 18 to avoid a conflict of interest for an incoming councilman. Councilman-elect Jim Prindiville, a landlord, has an ownership interest in buildings which he...
City Council Approves New Budget

City Council Approves New Budget

Woodstock residents will pay more for water after the City Council approved a new budget that includes a 3 percent hike in water and sewer rates. The Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget passed 6-1 April 18, with outgoing Councilman RB Thompson the only dissenter.  The new...
Officials Consider TIF Extension to Pay for Courthouse

Officials Consider TIF Extension to Pay for Courthouse

Woodstock city officials said they will consider petitioning Springfield to extend the length of a tax increment financing district in order to help pay for the restoration of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on the Square. Woodstock’s TIF district, established...

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