La Crosse Common Council passes 2019 city operating budget with lower property tax rate

A new operating budget is passed in La Crosse, about 6 weeks before the start of the New Year.

The 2019 budget includes continuing neighborhood improvements, community policing and housing programs. It also involves construction on about 7 miles of city roads.

The mill rate falls slightly in the budget. Property owners will pay about 4 cents less per thousand dollars of value.

“It’s a really good budget. It was really a team effort between our committees and especially our staff deserve a lot of credit for being creative and pulling that together. And then, obviously with the Council action tonight,” said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

Overall, the operations budget is increasing slightly over 2018, mostly because of wages and salaries. The Mayor says the difference between that increase and the falling mill rate is thanks to increasing property values in the city.

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