One New Fee, One Fee Hike Considered by La Crosse Council
of shrinking state aid is yet to be seen. But at least two city
departments are seeking to add revenue to the treasury through fees. Like
the higher fireworks fee being sought by fire chief Gregg Cleveland from groups like the Skyrockers who perform the city's Fourth of July show every year. The new fee would go from $30 every year to $125 twice per year, an eight-fold increase. The planning department is also aiming for a
thirty dollar per sign billboard inspection fee. The city council is set
to decide on both this month.
Zero in the Sights of La Crosse Mayor
In La Crosse, two years of relative property tax relief have been welcomed
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.
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.
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.