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Study of government cooperation starts soon in La Crosse County

Brad Williams

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La Crosse County is getting ready for a study which could pave the way for more cooperation among local governments in the county. 

The county administrator, Steve O’Malley, says one goal of the study is to identify ways of saving money, but there are other concerns at stake, such as “fire safety, better response, faster response,” and also equipment sharing.   

The Wisconsin Policy Forum will visit the county in January to start the research, and O’Malley says a report could be issued four or five months later.  

O’Malley says the policy group isn’t going to force area communities to do anything.    

Three local government units have decided not to take part in the study. 

La Crosse County will pay half of the $23,000 cost of the research project.  

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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