Common Council discusses amendment to remove funding from Public Safety Center

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Discussion about the construction of a public safety center on La Crosse’s southside was brought to the Common Council on Thursday evening.

During the meeting, some members voiced their thoughts on the funding for the project and the importance of listening to the concerns of the community.

Council member Jessica Olson put forward an amendment to delete $25 million from 2023 general obligation bond funding and $10 million from the 2024 general obligation bond funding.

The amendment would keep the $1 million needed to purchase the land in next year’s budget.

Olson says there are a lot of emotions surrounding the project that need to be addressed before moving forward.

“I believe that we do need to go back to the basics in terms of gathering public input and going to the people and asking them what they think before we say ‘this is good for you, we know better than you what should be in your neighborhood’.”

In a 4-9 vote, council member Olson’s amendment did not pass.

It’s important to note that this project is in its early stages.

Some of the council members say projects like this are always evolving, nothing is set and stone yet.

To view the agenda and meeting minutes from Thursday’s meeting, click here.