Onalaska opposes room tax

City working with League of Wisconsin Municipalities

The city of Onalaska is standing firm against proposed changes to the state’s room tax law.

The Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association is trying to limit how a city uses money from the tax. Onalaska relies on room tax from hotels for both tourism promotion and general funds for the city.The tax brings in more than $160,000 each year.

Onalaska’s mayor says the proposed changes could hurt future projects.

“It could put a crimp on what we’re doing on at the waterfront and that’s my biggest concern right now is that we don’t want anything to derail that project,” said Mayor Joe Chilsen.

If the changes to the law make it to Gov. Walker’s desk, Onalaska will work with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to ask for a veto.