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Police asking city to end free downtown La Crosse ramp parking due to lost revenue



The tradition of three hours of free parking in La Crosse parking ramps may be going away.

The city’s Board of Public Works is being asked by the La Crosse Police Department to eliminate the three-hour grace period allowed during weekday hours. The police want it changed to $1 an hour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays.

A report to the board said the allowance for free parking during those hours costs the city $1,100 a month, adding up to $13,000 per year in potential revenue.

The report added that other similar-sized cities in the region do not offer free parking during business hours on weekdays.

The board meets at 10 a.m. Monday in the city council chambers. Review the agenda here.

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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  1. Mark

    December 19, 2022 at 9:13 am

    It doesn’t really matter. With the reports of the homeless 9who live in the stairwells) smoking meth no one wants to use the ramp anyway

  2. Kent Porter

    December 19, 2022 at 9:13 am

    AS I SEE IT !!!!!!!!! We paid for the Parking ramps with our city taxes them we have to pay to park in them ???? Why don’t we us OUR ARPA money for that like we do for the HOMELESS and BRIDGE HOUSING ?????? WOW , Write in Kent Porter for Mayor next time around , WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO BE FIXED AND I KNOW HOW TO DO IT !!!!!!!

  3. Rhead

    December 19, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    The down town is dead the only people that go there is the drunks and homeless. So you should put the homeless in the ramps then you can just hoes the shit and piss out in the street

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