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Renters getting a break on parking, on some La Crosse streets

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For those who own a house on a La Crosse street with a two-hour parking limit, they can get a permit from City Hall to park on the street without getting a fine.

The rule, however, is different for people renting on such a street. Renters have to pay a $50 yearly fee for a permit.

City council president Barb Janssen said Monday during the city’s Board of Public Works weekly meeting that’s not fair, and it causes problems in college neighborhoods.

“It’s aggravating problems in our neighborhoods,” Janssen told the board. “College students, in particular, in my neighborhood, choose not to pay that fee and basically, now we’ve just turned our entire neighborhood into two-hour parking.”

Mayor Mitch Reynolds wants the city to look into the permit policy.

For now, the board of public works is abolishing that parking fee for renters.

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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