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La Crosse city budget approved in short meeting

Brad Williams

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It only took about 15 minutes to approve a new budget for the city of La Crosse on Tuesday night. 

The common council passed the 2020 budget with minimal changes, including a decrease of $272,000 in the city’s general fund. 

No one from the public signed up to speak on the $69-million spending plan. 

Council member Doug Happel is happy that public concern over increased property values did not lead to tax hikes.

“Increased property assessments is not necessarily a bad thing,” Happel said. “It’s a sign of a healthy, vibrant city.”

The mill rate in La Crosse dropped below $12 for every $1,000 of assessed value for the first time in at least seven years.  The new mill rate is $10.39 per $1,000. 

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.