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Mayor denies rumors of 50 percent layoffs at La Crosse City Hall



The mayor of La Crosse is NOT considering huge layoffs of city workers, to make up a projected $6 million revenue shortfall. 

Mayor Tim Kabat made that clear, while speaking on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk this morning.

“We are not looking at laying off anywhere near 50 per cent of our staff,” said Kabat. “That would really be a devastating blow to all of our services.”    

Kabat says three major departments, including the police, make up about 40 per cent of the city staffing. 

He expects hiring freezes and delays in pay raises to help make up some of the money the city expects to lose from weeks of virus-related shutdowns, along with steps such as closing the city swimming pools for the summer.

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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