Now that the La Crosse city council has approved a hike in the hotel room tax, where does the idea go next?
Mayor Tim Kabat said the local room tax commission will have to endorse the 9.5 percent tax given the OK last week by the council.
Raising the tax above the current 8 percent is designed to help fund the $42 million La Crosse Center expansion.
The 9.5 percent figure compares with room tax rates of 5 percent or lower in outlying communities such as Holmen and Campbell.
Kabat, however, still hopes to get some financial help from Onalaska and La Crosse County for the Center project.
The county and Onalaska are being asked to contribute a total of $150,000 a year for 20 years.