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On the list of the 2008 referendum construction needs in the La Crosse School District...there seems to be more projects then money. Building and Grounds Supervisor, Joe Ledvina explains.
The amount of projects remaining totals $6.9 million while the actual refererendum funding remaining is $3.5 million.
In the La Crosse School Board races last night, two incumbents were re-seated while one newcomer was welcomed in. Deb Suchla led all vote getters followed by Jeff Meyer and Rob McMahon. Daniel Moen quit his campign early but wass till on the ballot.
The three incumbent Onalaska School Board members all won their seats back last night. Heather Sysimaki, Brian Haefs, Alana Havenstrite all defeated Kristoffer Knickrehm.
The winners from the West Salem School District included Ken Schlimgen, Jane Halverson and Sylvester Clements.
For Town Of Campbell Supervisor, Jeffrey Schroeder defeated Bruce Becker with Schroeder taking 69% of the vote.
In Tomah, incumbent Mayor John Rusch may have won the race but don't count out challenger, Shannon Hough yet as she only lost by 5 votes. The final tally was Rusch 755 and Hough 750. Hough posted on her facebook last night that she will be asking for an official recount later today.
In Viroqua, you can continue to call him Mayor, after Larry Fanta defeated challenger Irving Leif 575 to 188.
Sparta voters said yes to a $2 million aquatic center by an almost 3 to 1 margin. The vote total was 1181 yes and 391 no.
Downtown Sparta looks as though the likely choice for a new courthouse and jail after voters leaned that was in a referendum yesterday. That location beat out the Highway 71 location by about 500 votes.
County Board Chair Rick Irwin, said he was impressed with the almost 36% voter turnout. On a side note...Irwin himself lost his bid to retain his county board seat to Dale Greeno.....232-94.
Onalaska voters choose Chilsen as mayor...
Joe Chilsen has outpolled opponent Samantha Carter by about a 3-to-1 margin in Tuesday's vote to pick a successor to retiring Mayor Mike Giese. Chilsen already serves in Onalaska city government on the police and fire commission. Carter works in law enforcement for La Crosse County, and recently moved to Onalaska. It's the first time in decades that a new mayor for Onalaska has not moved up directly from a seat on the city council.
By a 3-to-2 margin, voters in La Crosse are rejecting the idea of a city administrator.
With seven thousand votes counted, more than four thousand people had voted 'no' on the binding referendum. Opponents of the plan have argued that hiring an administrator would increase the size of city government and take away powers from the mayor.