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La Crosse council passes $57 million operating budget

Brad Williams

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The city of La Crosse has approved a new budget for 2021, including $57 million in spending. 

Mayor Tim Kabat says this spending plan is lower than the budget which was in effect when he took office almost eight years ago, noting that it has “less spending … by, I believe, a couple million dollars, we have less actual taxes that we collect from our taxpayers.”

The owner of a $150,000 home would pay an extra $36 a year in property taxes under the new budget. 

Jessica Olson was the only council member to vote no on the plan.

“I cannot bring myself to support an increase in taxes in the current economic environment in the city,” said Olson.

The plan follows a year when City Hall has lost more than $4 million in revenue.

Kabat added that the city will work to rebuild service levels of departments hit hard during the pandemic, such as the La Crosse Center and the library.  

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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