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County board decides on referendum questions

Brad Williams

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The November ballot in La Crosse County could be a bit crowded.

County board members spent about two hours Thursday night wrangling over which funding ideas for transportation needs will be brought to taxpayers.

There were several attempts by the county board last night to put five options on the November ballot, but the choices will remain at four.

A property tax hike and a possible wheel tax are among the suggestions to be placed on an advisory referendum. The idea is to ask the voter to select just one of the proposals. The vote won’t count if a person picks more than one.

The options are being proposed as ways that La Crosse County can collect an extra $5 million a year to catch up on a backlog of road repair projects.

Board members also plan to have a referendum calling on the state to legalize marijuana, as another source of income.

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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