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La Crosse Council makes $2M in budget cuts

Brad Williams

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The city of La Crosse is cutting more than $2 million from its current budget, to make up for a multi-million dollar revenue shortfall expected because of the coronavirus. 

The cuts approved by the city council on Thursday include $100,000 each from the police and fire departments, and half a million dollars from street and lighting spending. 

Council member Doug Happel says taxpayers need to know that certain services were going to be affected, if meaningful cuts were to be made, such as cutting the grass in city parks.   

The projected shortfall is around $4.4 million, which is about a million and a half lower than what had been predicted earlier this month.  

The reductions also eliminate funding for the bicycle pedestrian plan and the city arts board, which drew objections from past and present art board members.    

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.