The city of Woodstock has notified over 500 residents who qualify for senior tax exemptions that their 2013 property tax bills are incorrect.
Woodstock Finance Director Robert Porche said the city has 528 property tax bills that normally receive senior exemptions that were impacted by the incorrect billing amounts.
Porche said the error was due to the city converting to a new software, and not properly setting up the algorithm needed to calculate the correct property tax amount. The mistake resulted in the property tax bills not reflecting the correct amount for those who receive the exemptions.
Woodstock noticed the glitch on Friday and on Monday and Tuesday sent out new bills with the corrected information.
The finance director told the Woodstock City Council on Monday the city caught the error before anyone made payments — or in this case, paid the excess amount — to the city.
Only one resident — Susan Jones, who is running for the Ward 5 seat on the council — criticized the city for the mishap during Monday's meeting. She said the city "owed a big apology" to residents whose bills were affected by the glitch.
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