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City of La Crosse will help families having trouble with utility bills

Brad Williams

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A grace period on utility payments and late fees will be ending soon in Wisconsin. 

Because of the coronavirus, the state decided in March to suspend disconnections and fees for late payments. 

That period will end on July 25th, and city leaders in La Crosse plan to be flexible about collecting utility bills. 

But there are limits to how nice the city will be. 

La Crosse utilities manager Bernie Lenz knows of at least one customer who just stopped paying the bills, because the state wasn’t imposing fines.

“We just want to avoid that, that people are just not paying, just because they want to hold on to their cash. If there’s a problem, we definitely want to work with them,” said Lenz.

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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