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Recession Plan being considered by City of La Crosse

Brad Williams

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The city of La Crosse could lose almost $6 million in tax revenue this year, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

To avoid such a big loss, the city council is being asked to pass an Economic Recession Plan for La Crosse. 

The plan is designed to anticipate a declining economy, and make adjustments to help the city. 

Mayor Tim Kabat said City Hall needs such a plan soon, arguing that the pandemic shows how critical local services are. 

The coronavirus has caused a severe cutback in city operations, hotel room taxes, and fines. The shutdown of the La Crosse Center, for construction, didn’t help either. 

The city council finance committee was told Thursday night that La Crosse may have a $5.9 million shortfall for the year, a drop of nearly 9 percent in the city’s general fund.     

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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