La Crosse city budget for 2018 currently has more than $400,000 shortfall

City officials to submit new budget recommendation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - As it stands right now, the city of La Crosse's next budget falls short.

Early cost estimates for 2018 show the city currently plans to spend about $465,000 more than it will collect. Due to the shortfall, La Crosse's Budget Committee voted in favor of requiring new budget recommendations from the mayor and department heads that do not increase the property tax rate.

City leaders say the current budget deficit does not take into account any funding changes from the state budget.

"That does not include, again, any of the what we know will be increases when it comes to either across-the-board or the collective bargaining, so realistically we've got work to do,” said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

City officials will host public hearings on the budget in the coming months. The Common Council will use public input to approve an operating budget in late November.

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