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Parking benefit district being proposed for La Crosse neighborhoods

Brad Williams

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While a paid-parking pilot program for college neighborhoods goes before the La Crosse city council this week, another idea for making drivers pay to park on the street is making the rounds.

It’s called a ‘parking benefit district,’ which was given the OK Monday night by the city’s neighborhood revitalization commission. 

Under this concept, La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat says any money raised through parking within a district would stay in that area, to help finance things that a neighborhood wants.    

Council member Jessica Olson suggested that yearly permits be purchased by drivers in those districts, and that large-item garbage pickup could be a possible use for the proposed parking fees.

Kabat says it’s sort of a coincidence that both ideas are being debated at the same time.

The benefit district idea will go to council committees in February.

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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