I’m behind in sharing this with readers.
On February 23rd, the Woodstock Independent ran an article about how city fathers and mothers are aghast at calls by unsuccessful 2015 candidate for City Council Scott Gessert’s call for residents to boycott the special census.
The city council wants to have the powers that Home Rule status provides.
The main power is the ability to raise taxes without a referendum.
That’s not the pitch that is made by those who authorized the $89,362 special census, however.
People like Mike Turner, who many think will run for Mayor, if Brian Sager steps down, point to $300,000 to $400,000 more in state aid that would come from being able to prove the number of additional residents that city staff believe have moved to Woodstock since the 2010 U.S. Census.
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Meanwhile, there seems to be no opposition to Huntley’s becoming a Home Rule unit as a result of its special census.