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Mayor Harter says he won't veto city budget

LA CROSSE, Wis. - City of La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter says he will not veto the city budget after council members agree to hold a special budget meeting.

The mayor had threatened a veto to try and stop a property tax increase of $50,000 in 2013.

Instead of raising taxes, the mayor is proposing taking $50,000 from the city's reserve fund, which totals about $19 million.

After speaking with council members last week about reconsidering the increase, the mayor decided not to veto.

"I felt that a reconsideration is a better route and after talking with members of the Common Council and coming to an agreement that this budget would be reconsidered, I chose not to veto the budget and to go the route of reconsidering it as I think we will have a better outcome going this route," Mayor Harter told News 8.

The council will meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at city hall.


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