La Crosse Common Council passes 2018 operating budget

Members of the common council are approving a city operating budget for next year of about $70 million.

The budget was passed unanimously Tuesday night with an amendment to reinstate $70,000 that had been previously cut from the plan.

$50,000 of that will go back into the city’s contingency fund. The other $20,000 will go toward a crime analyst position for the police department.

“I think the $50,000 helps us as far as our ongoing expenses and it also helps build into the mill rate,” said council president Martin Gaul. “I think anything we can do as far as a criminal analyst position in the police department is a good move for us to make given the issues we’re having throughout the city.”

The new city budget also reduces the city mill rate to $12.08 per $1,000 of value next year.