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Mayor candidate Schneider pledges $30K pay cut if elected

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Is the mayor of La Crosse overpaid?  Candidate Samuel Schneider promises to take a $30,000 pay cut if he wins the April election for mayor. 

That would lower the mayor’s salary to about $52,000.  Schneider says he would donate the excess money to charities, in support of citizens who have lost money or work during the pandemic. 

But Schneider does not support making the job of mayor only part-time, citing a 2012 referendum vote against having a city administrator in La Crosse.    

Schneider says he would follow through on the pay-cut plan if elected, even if none of the 9 other candidates for mayor makes a similar pledge.  

The mayor is paid $82,350 a year, and Schneider says he settled on a 30-grand cut to bring the salary down to $52,000…roughly a dollar for every citizen of La Crosse.  

Schneider announced the pledge outside the La Crosse Center, to show support for the civic center which is undergoing a $42 million expansion.

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.