After more than an hour of deliberations .
the council approves a resolution to ask the county
to merge the La Crosse city libraries into the county
As part of the resolution .
the city plans to keep both city branches open .
and would provide money to the county to help maintain
Mayor Kabat says merging the two systems would eliminate
and give taxpayers better service for their money.
The city hopes to have the agreement in place by next
but county officials have pushed for a longer timeline.