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La Crosse County finances a little better than expected during shutdown

Brad Williams

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The coronavirus has led to massive business problems and very high unemployment in the U.S., and La Crosse County is no exception.    

“These are the worst numbers I’ve seen during the four recessions I’ve experienced as an adult in my lifetime, and I’m a bit old,” says County administrator Steve O’Malley.

He tells the La Crosse County Board that local sales tax revenue is down 10 per cent from this time a year ago. 

But O’Malley adds that the county has enough money on reserve to sustain losses in the sales tax for a while, and spending is down in many areas.

Only 9 county employees have been furloughed, and about 300 are doing their jobs from home.  

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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