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Parking Board Backtracks, Lowers Proposed Ramp Rate



In the last 30 years, La Crosse has earned a reputation as ‘the town with free parking’…and many downtown business people don’t want that to change.

With many business owners in attendance on Wednesday, the city’s parking utility board reversed a vote taken last week setting hourly rates for parking in ramps. Board member Dan Wettstein asked for a new vote, arguing that the previous decision was too hasty.


The newly-adopted policy cuts the proposed ramp rate in half, to 75 cents an hour. It also preserves the two-hour parking window on the street.  The parking board is expected to decide next month when the ramp rates will go into effect.




A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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