Zero in the Sights of La Crosse Mayor
by taxpayers. Mayor Matt Harter agrees that it's going to be tough to
make it three years in a row for a zero property tax levy rate increase this
year. Hard to achieve in the face of looming revenue cuts from the state.
Hard, but not impossible, he says. Harter believes efficiencies in how city hall operates along with advances in technology can help the city get to another flat levy rate increase.
This week, governor Walker outlined a two year budget plan that cuts more
than a billion dollars in local government aid. But the governor's plan
also restricts property tax increases. All of which would have to be approved by the legislature.
Gund Luth/St. Joseph's Agreement Finalized
Gundersen Lutheran and St. Joseph’s Community Health Services have entered into a formal affiliation that will create a more efficient healthcare delivery system for people in the Hill Country region. The affiliation will allow for higher-quality, seamless care in Hillsboro, Wonewoc, Elroy and surrounding communities, with less duplication of services.
The new combined entity will be known as St. Joseph’s Health Services – Gundersen Lutheran. In November 2010, St. Joseph’s entered into a management agreement with Gundersen Lutheran.
In the coming months, the Gundersen Lutheran – Hillsboro Clinic and St. Joseph’s Hillsboro Clinic will consolidate in one location at the St. Joseph’s Hospital. Planning is underway to physically merge Gundersen Lutheran and St. Joseph’s in Wonewoc in the future. During and after the transition, St. Joseph’s will continue to accept insurances they currently accept. After the transition, all patients’ billing statements will come from the consolidated clinic operation, St. Joseph’s Health Services - Gundersen Lutheran. There are no plans to reduce overall employment as a result of the affiliation.
Vet Manager Back In Court
An office manager at a Sparta Veterinary Clinic, who is accused of ordering and stealing almost six thousand hydrocodone pills and using company money to pay for them, was in a Monroe County courtroom today.
36 year old Katherine Watters, of rural Sparta, is charged in Monroe County Circuit Court with 11 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and five counts of forgery.
She is accused of ordering the pills with $4500 of vet clinic monies, then taking them home to support a habit. She also gave some to her boyfriend who then sold them.
Watters plead not guilty and will be back in court in March.
Superintendent Hopeful Of Budget Repair Bill
Later today the Onalaska School District, like many districts around the state, will find out how much of hit they could take after Governor Scott Walker releases details on his budget repair bill.
Sparta Police are searching for two armed men that broke into a home yesterday afternoon.
A 22 year old Sparta woman told police that two white men wearing ski masks and armed with semi automatic handguns entered her home in the 100 block of North Water st. and searched for something they thought was in the home.
After the pair fled on foot with the loot they were after, they were seen getting into a maroon 4 door sedan.
Police are looking for a 6'2" slim guy and a 5'9" heavy set guy.