Goodwill Decision Could Cost Thousands in Property Taxes
La Crosse is on the verge of losing more taxable property to a tax exemption. The city council tonight could decide the fate of a potential Goodwill store that could move into part of the former southside Quillin's store. Sure, that will cost the city in taxes, says Goodwill board chair, Greg Curry. But it also adds to the city in other ways. Like employment training
Goodwill needs approval from the council to split the property that the old Quillin's sits on. Curry says, if they don't get that permission, the board just might buy the whole thing.
GAB To Look At Recall Signatures
(AP) The review of signatures submitted seeking a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker will take longer than the 60 days originally planned. The director of the Government Accountability Board which is charged with handling the review said Thursday that it's not clear how long it will take, but it will be more than 60 days.
Board director Kevin Kennedy says more time is needed in order to do a more extensive review of the signatures to look for duplicates and obvious fakes as ordered by a judge last week. Kennedy says the board will proceed with the review next week even if the state decides to seek an appeal. Petition circulators have also sought a stay in the judge's order. Recall petitions are due Tuesday.
Northside Bar Robbed at Gunpoint
Police don't have a suspect yet in a robbery at a bar on the northside. Cops say a guy with his face wrapped in a black scarf pointed a gun at the bartender at Fishes bar just before midnight on Saturday. "It's cold outside," the crook said, "give me all your money." The robber got away with hundreds. Police are looking for a shorter white guy in his twenties. They might have had more information but the security video system at the bar isn't working.
Santorum,Thompson Take Local Straw Poll
La Crosse County Republicans took a straw poll for Senate and President over the weekend and the results are being seen both state and nationwide.
For Senate, Tommy Thompson, led the way with 63% of the vote.....Mark Newman second and Scott Fitzgerald third. For President, Rick Santorum took 39% of the vote, Mitt Romney second with 30% and Newt Gingrich with 18%. Others geting votes were Rick Perry, John Hunstsman and Ron Paul.
The straw poll was conducted after the re-grand opening of the Republican Headquarters took place on Copeland Avenue Saturday.
Billboard Referendum Possible for Spring in La Crosse
There could be more than one referendum on the ballot of La Crosse voters in the spring. The city council this week votes on whether to hold an advisory referendum on billboards. The billboard referendum is an idea that comes from the work of the committee that's been tackling sign issues since a moratorium was placed on electronic signs in the city months ago. The advisory referendum would join a referendum to determine whether the city changes its form of government to include a city administrator. Both would be on the same ballot as the presidential primary on April 3rd.