The city of La Crosse is moving forward with some big changes in how local government operates.

The Committee of the Whole voted Tuesday night in favor of downsizing the number of members on the city council from 17 to 13.

The vote comes after the city hired a consultant earlier in the year to help suggest new ideas for running more efficiently.

It's something members from the council say is in the best interest of the public. 

"The folks in the community I've heard from, and that's no major number, think it's a pretty good idea. It's time this city do business a little differently and that's what we intend to do," said council member Dick Swantz.

Eventually, the city hopes to cut each council member's terms from 4 years to two years.

The city council will vote again on the decision Thursday. 

However, La Crosse residents may get the final say. If passed, residents can ask for a referendum to be held on the changes.