“Full steam ahead” for the La Crosse Center

Common Council votes on La Crosse center funding

The La Crosse City Council voted on multiple city projects on Thursday.

The Council unanimously passed a combination of room tax dollars and property tax levies to fund the renovations… while still waiting on their request for funding from the City of Onalaska and the La Crosse County Board.

The room tax has now officially increased to 9.5% and the room tax commission will meet late June to finalize and distribute that tax.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat says now it’s “full steam ahead with the center”.

“I think the fact that we don’t have a room full of angry people shows that they might not be happy, but we’ve reached a good compromise,” said Kabat.

A resolution for Western Technical College to start demolition on a building that was previously used for firefighter training passed 11-2. Some council members raised concerns about demolition by neglect, stating that Western Tech left the building uninhabitable before asking for a conditional use permit to demolish.

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