Doyle Shilling Bill To Be Heard
A bill, one of the proposals formulated at an economic development roundtable in La Crosse County proposed by Representative Steve Doyle, will probably pick up some steam this week as the Wisconsin session gets back to work tomorrow.
The bill focuses on expanding grants tech colleges use. The roundtable consists of of representatives from Western Technical College, Workforce Connections, La Crosse County Chamber of Commerce and several others.
Billboard Company Irked at Referendum Move
La Crosse city council has been tagged anti-business before. This time, the label's getting affixed by Atlanta-based Olympus Media. The outdoor sign company is frustrated that the council has agreed to send two advisory referendums on billboards to the spring ballot
Olympus VP, Mary Niemeyer. One referendum question would ask whether electronic billboards should be prohibited. The other question would ask if billboards in general should be reduced in number.
Property Taxes Have Minimal Increase Statewide
Overall, Wisconsin property taxpayers are breathing a little easier this year. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds one of the smallest property tax increases across the state in years; less than one percent. The average over the last decade has been closer to five percent. School property tax rates show an overall decline for the current year. Some counties and municipalities are seeing a similar decline. La Crosse county is collecting the same taxes this year as last. So is Vernon county. Trempealeau county property collections have actually gone down. Meanwhile, the biggest county property tax increase percentage-wise in the state is in Crawford county; up over six percent this year.
Aquinas Catholic Schools Huge Gift
The Aquinas Catholic Schools and School Foundation have received their largest single gift ever. The entire estate of former graduate, Jim Kiffe. After serving in the Battle of the Bulge, Kiffe worked at Northern Engraving. He then invested in some stock. As School President, Kurt Nelson put it...the rest is history.
A total of $7.5 million. 80% of his estate...or 6 million dollars...will go into the Aquinas Scholarship fund. The other 20%...or $1.5 million.....will go towards the School Foundation.
Scammers Still At It
Crooks are still calling people's homes and are posing as state workers trying to get your personal information.
Consumer official Sandy Chalmers say the imposters will claim they're from
Medicare or an insurance firm and they'll ask for personal information like
Social Security or bank account numbers. Chalmers say reputable firms won't do
that and you should never give personal information over the phone until you're
the one making the contact, and you know who you re dealing