La Crosse County has scheduled three informational meetings to offer voters details on the four-part transportation funding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Members of the County Board and Ron Chamberlain, the county’s highway commissioner, will conduct the meetings, which will feature a short presentation, followed by an opportunity for people to ask questions.
What should La Crosse County do to pay for its growing list of transportation projects?
In the advisory referendum, voters will be asked whether they support the county spending $5 million per year to help pay for a list of road projects with an estimated cost of $101 million. Three questions follow, asking voters’ opinions on ways the county could raise the money, which include:
- A premier area resort area tax previously approved in 2017 that puts a 0.5 percent sales tax on items from businesses designated as tourism-related;
- A vehicle registration fee (also called a “wheel tax”) of $56 per car and light truck;
- And an increase of about 15 percent in county property tax to fund a “pay-as-you-go” plan involving borrowing money and paying it off in the same year, a strategy to get around the state’s levy limits.
Information meetings will include the following:
- Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library in West Salem at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17
- La Crosse County Administrative Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
- Holmen Area Library at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25
The meetings are part of an informational campaign by the county that also will include direct mailings to registered voters. Details on the transportation funding issue also will be posted on the county’s website at www.lacrossecounty.org.
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