La Crosse's mayor has wielded his veto pen again. Mayor Matt Harter has vetoed a unanimous decision by the city council last week to release already budget money for Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated. The mayor says, as a private organization, Downtown Mainstreet shouldn't be getting public money as a subsidy. The 19 thousand dollars directed towards Downtown Mainstreet was approved last fall and was a thousand dollars less than the city sent to the organization last year. Downtown Mainstreet says its mission is to "enhance, revitalize, and redevelop La Crosse's original central business district."
It's the talk of the town in Whitehall today...
Guessing who bought two tickets for the weekend Powerball drawing, worth a million dollars each. Both tickets were sold at the Cenex store on Main Street in Whitehall, and Cenex manager Beth Manka says some customers claim to have inside information on who won.
Nobody has come forward to claim either ticket. Manka says she has no way of confirming whether one person bought both tickets that matched five out of six lottery numbers. The winner or winners have 180 days to pick up the prize money.
Some progress in efforts to reopen the idled Bangor Post Office...
The village president got the key to the building last week, and has taken a couple of contractors inside to figure out what needs to be repaired. Village attorney Dan Arndt tells us that the building owner has signed a contract, agreeing to fix the building and get it open as a post office again. The Bangor Post Office was shut down suddenly three months ago, because of leaks and mold problems. Mail services have been transferred temporarily to a supermarket a few blocks away.
Onalaska City Planner Deena Murphy has been knee deep in the budgeting for the upcoming construction of the Great River Cultural and Tourism Center. And before the tourism board and city council approved additional funding for the project, she said they had to scale back quite a bit of what they wanted in the center.
Both the board and council approved an additional $894 thousand for the project. Construction is slated to begin in 2013.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker's administration says property taxes dropped slightly last year. The administration issued a statement Monday morning saying taxes on a median value home dipped 0.4 percent, the first time in 12 years they've decreased. The statement credited the governor's move to strip public workers of their union rights. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau had estimated last year that property taxes on a median value home would increase by nearly a full percentage point in 2011. The governor's statement didn't offer any evidence backing up the numbers. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said he expected a memo from the state budget office later Monday that would detail the decrease. Democrats angry over the union changes have forced Walker and five other Republicans into recall elections later this spring.