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November is budget season for local governments; city and county of La Crosse talk money on Monday

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It’s budget time for both La Crosse County and the City of La Crosse.  The county board and the city council both have budget sessions Monday night, to work out spending plans for 2023. 

County board goes first at 5 p.m.  Its budget calls for just over $200 million in spending, with a projected 12 per cent cut in the county’s debt.  A final budget vote may not happen until next week. 

At 6 o’clock on Monday, the La Crosse city council discusses $69 million in proposed spending for next year.  The city meeting could be continued until Tuesday night, if no final vote happens tonight.

The city’s general fund budget is down about $200,000 from last year’s level.  Fire and police employees could get a raise next year, of one per cent for the fire department, and a two-step increase for police which would add up to three per cent. 

The La Crosse County Board has a budget session Monday at 5 p.m.

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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