Big tax changes likely coming for some La Crosse businesses

Some downtown La Crosse businesses may soon have higher taxes to help pay for city parking expenses.

The Board of Public Works voted in favor of expanding the La Crosse downtown parking assessment district last night.

Businesses located within two blocks of the Pine Street ramp could be charged up to $1,500 a year.

Jim Flottmeyer, the parking utility coordinator for La Crosse, said other businesses located near parking ramps have been paying taxes since 2002 as part of the La Crosse parking assessment district and it’s only fair the businesses located near the Pine Street ramp be taxed the same.

“We’re trying to make it fair and equitable to everybody downtown. The recommendation is two blocks within that facility, well we use it for all of the other facilities so we needed to use it for that facility also,” Flottmeyer said.

The money would be used for cleaning ramps, and helping to pay for new signs and paint.

The measure will now go before the city’s Finance and Personnel Committee on Thursday.

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