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Council members stressed that the plan was in its infancy.
“I would like to tap the brakes in respect to where we are at,” council member Mark Saladin said. “My goal is to make Woodstock better, and I think that we together … need to have this dialogue and this discussion. The question is what can we do together to assist the city in raising overall property values."
Several council members took issue with the “no tenant tax” signs that have been popping up around town.
“I was a little put off by the tone of some of the signage,” Saladin said. "I thought it was extremely unfair to the city.”
Council member Mike Turner said he can see both sides of the argument and wants to strike a balance between governmental overreach and the city’s ability to help tenants stuck in a bad situation.
He also stressed that the proposed fees aren’t meant to boost revenue for the city’s general fund.
“I know every one of us in here is overtaxed and overregulated,” Turner said. “I am not interested in using a program like this to generate revenue for the general fund. I think there has been some misinformation about that.”