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.
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
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.
Monroe County Jail Goes To Voters
In April, Monroe County voters will be faced with a choice at the polls: remodel and add on to the downtown Sparta Justice Center location, or build a new courthouse and jail near the dog pound on the East side of the city. After 20 years, the county finally looks poised to make something happen. And some plans are already in place.
County Board Chair Rick Irwin says the hope is that giving voters options as to where the center will go will help prevent the outrage caused by the last plan. Four years ago the discussions caused so much controversy, it launched a recall of multiple county board supervisors.