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La Crosse city council votes down pay raise, expense acct. increase

LA CROSSE, Wis. - La Crosse City Council members had a lengthy agenda for Thursday night's monthly meeting, the final one with Mayor Matt Harter at the helm.

Among the proposals, an increase to council members' pay.

The council took two votes. The first would have increased expense accounts by $25. It's used to pay for things council members need to do the job like Internet and printers. That failed to get a two-thirds majority.

A second proposal would have doubled their monthly salaries from $200 to $400  a month starting in 2015. That also failed.


One council member who voted against it says a pay increase is overdue, but not reasonable right now. "Looking back at the last couple years, we've lost 3 firefighters, 1 police officer, 20 plus other people in the city alone in the departments and with money being the way it is, I'm just not compelled to go for this," said council member Fran Formanek.

It would have been the first raise for the council since 1979.

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