23 million dollars.
That's the final price tag for La Crosse County to
move out of its current admin building.
The county board approved the total cost of the project
News 8's Kyle Dimke is in our newsroom with the details.
This transition has taken quite a long time.
and a few different looks at the numbers.
but county board chair Tara Johnson told me she is
very excited to finally get things underway.
That 23 million dollars you referenced will fund three
and will have a very minimal impact on your county
In about 15 months.
the building that has
housed La Crosse County administration
for the last 40 years will no longer do so.
right up the street.
On top of the transition to the Associated Bank building.
construction will take place on the county law enforcement
and the Health and Human Services building as well.
in an effort to make things more efficient for customers.
TARA: 2- We are trying to reconfigure office space
for all of the departments in the county and really
trying to co-locate offices where we can see increased
efficencies based on that co-location
The Health and Human Services building will be gaining
24,000 square feet to its West side.
JIM: 2- Human Services will undouble a lot of their
offices that they have doubled up right now.
JIM: 4- Along with that
the aging that's in the administrative
center will move over to that building when it's completed
The county will be bonding and borrowing the $23 million
for the three projects...
GPX: which will raise the county tax rate by 6 cents
in 2016 and 2017...
GPX: then go up an additional 8 cents in 2018
GPX: It will add about $20 to the annual tax bill
on $100,000 home.
Johnson says moving buildings is neccesary and more
cost effective than paying to remove the asbestos
that's in the walls of the current admin building.
The building was sold to Stizo Development for $250,000
to create student housing.
TARA: 5- Tthey can do that in an empty building less
expensively than we would if we were going to stay
in the building and have to move people and do that
abatement over a much longer period of time
The County Board Chair says she is very pleased that
almost all the bids that came in are from local buildiers
She says having all those bids from local companies
is how the county helps the local economy.
Construction on the health and human services building
is expected to begin later this month.
Associated Bank will be moving into its new location
on Lot C.
across from the County Courthouse.
in June of 2016.
and the County expects to be in its new building by
the end of next year.