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La Crosse council approves refund for Menards, puts off vote on campus parking plan

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The city of La Crosse is settling a tax dispute with Menards, but some city council members want to put an end to those tax refunds for box stores.

The council voted unanimously Thursday night to refund $35,000 in excess property taxes to Menards.

David Marshall was one council member hoping that state leaders will change the so-called “dark store” loophole in the law, following passage of some Wisconsin referendums opposing the practice.

In other council business, a vote on a paid parking plan for La Crosse college neighborhoods has been put off for two months.

The idea is to give the city and two colleges more time to negotiate a plan for student parking.

And 6th District council member Jacqueline Marcou announced she will not seek re-election in April, because she expects to move out of the district for family-related reasons.

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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