La Crosse Mayor releases 2021-2025 Capital improvement budget plan

La Crosse Capitol Budget Proposal

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat released the proposed 2021-2025 City of La Crosse capital improvement budget plan today.

According to the release, the plan includes $119,209,318 in total spending for 2021, with $14,708,380 coming from new general fund borrowing. This amount of borrowing can be managed to limit any substantial increase to the City’s property tax levy, thereby minimizing impacts to taxpayers, the Mayor said.

Highlights of the plan include $1,750,000 in new borrowing to renovate the first floor of City Hall and the Common Council Chambers to address asbestos remediation, new public seating, and physical changes to improve customer service and protect staff and the public from COVID-19. The plan also includes funding for the first phase of two-year renovation projects for both the South Community Library and the Fish Hatchery building in Riverside Park.

Riverfront and levee improvements are included in the plan as well as park improvements. Parks that will receive funds for improvements include the Green Island tennis facility, Pettibone Park, to raise the road going south to the marina area, as well as parking, utilities and bathroom renovations at the Carroll Park ballfields.

The plan also includes fixing and repaving 5.5 miles of streets. Significant projects in 2021 include Jackson Street/State Road 33 from 3rd to 23rd Streets (WisDOT project), Airport Road from Lakeshore to the terminal, Gillette Street from Caledonia to George, Main Street from West Avenue to 17th, and phase one of the Bliss Road stabilization project. Repairs are also planned to the Copeland Avenue and Lang Drive bridges over the La Crosse River.

According to the Mayor’s release, the City’s most significant project for 2021 is updating and renovations totaling $62 million for the City’s wastewater treatment plant.

The proposed plan will go to the City Plan Commission for review and action on June 29, 2020.

Here is a copy of the Capital Project Summary Report 6.22.20