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Room tax and Center expansion on La Crosse council agenda

Brad Williams

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Plans for increasing La Crosse’s hotel room tax will probably be put on the back burner Thursday night by the city council.

Last week, the council’s judiciary committee recommended a two-month delay of Mayor Tim Kabat’s idea to hike the 8-percent room tax to 11 percent.

The local tourism industry objected to such a large increase, fearing it might drive away convention business.

Meanwhile, the council is being asked to vote during the April meeting on the $42-million expansion plan for the La Crosse Center, that would avoid reducing the North Hall exhibit space.

Center leaders want a vote this month, to keep the project on schedule for completion by early 2021.

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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