Two, possibly three advisory referendums could be on the November ballot in La Crosse County.
This week, the county board could decide whether to ask residents whether they support the funding of local law enforcement agencies. It would be a “yes” or “no” question.
The proposal, requested by supervisor Kevin Hoyer, has been placed on the board’s agenda for Thursday night.
The resolution states that crime in the county increased by 15 percent between 2019 and 2021, with a 72 percent increase in murders statewide during that same period.
The ballot question is in response to some public calls to “defund the police” in recent years, mainly since the 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody.
The county board has also been asked to have advisory ballot questions on the right to abortion and the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin.