The city of La Crosse's hotel room tax would go up, but not quite as far as the possible 12% Mayor Tim Kabat originally proposed under a compromise approved Tuesday by the Judiciary and Administration Committee.

“I think we put together a pretty reasonable compromise here,” Kabat said.

The room tax would go up to 9.5% from 8% for 20 years beginning Oct. 1 and La Crosse would cut $78,000 in funding from the La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau under the compromise announced at the meeting by Kabat and LCCVB executive director A.J. Frels.

The funding changes would generate $1.3 million to go toward the debt service for the $42 million La Crosse Center renovation and expansion.

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“We understand the urgency of moving this forward,” Frels said, asking that the city revisit the room tax and funding level when the debt service for the project is paid.

The funding of the La Crosse Center project will go before the Finance and Personnel Committee at 6 p.m. Thursday at La Crosse City Hall, 400 La Crosse St.

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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.


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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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Rick Czeczok

Just think of all the consultants they can hire with all that extra money. Maybe the city will also be able afford to sweep the streets again. Done once in our neighborhood this year. I was told once the broken street sweeper that was down for winter service 2 months ago is fixed, it will get done 3 times a week. That was 3 weeks ago. Are the mechanics on strike? This was told me by the mayor. The same one that said he listens to it's citizenry last week in his BS article.


Sounds like the same BS I got last July about the traffic lights at west ave and Jackson Street, was told a wire was broke but they were working on it! Well it’s been almost a year and the lights still don’t work on the sensors! One would think a broken wire would not be that hard to fix! This mayor and the whole staff in that office needs to go!!!! We need to change the name of the mayors office to the do nothing but waste moyey office

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