Rasch says WTC Probably Won't Budge on PILOTs
The city of La Crosse may be looking to get paid by WTC. But the city may have to just go on looking. TC president Lee Rasch says he has no intention of making to the city what are known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOTs. Rasch says, although he doesn't mind paying for some things collaboratively, like streetscaping on 7th street downtown, he also doesn't believe it's appropriate to "shift" tax dollars from one taxing entity to another. Rasch also tells us he can't conceive of a time in the future when he might change his mind on the issue.
This thing might come to a head. The city is currently setting up a system that would require tax exempt organizations sign agreements to make payments for services before development deals could be inked.
Dems File Another Kapanke Complaint
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate is filing a complaint against state Sen. Dan Kapanke, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.
The complaint expected to be filed Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board alleges that Kapanke illegally used money from a nonprofit foundation that accepts money from groups that employ lobbyists to pay off debt he owes to the city of La Crosse.
The complaint alleges Kapanke used nearly $17,000 from the foundation to pay the city back for lighting it installed at the field where the La Crosse Loggers play. Kapanke owns the Northwoods League team.
Kapanke did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He and Bruce Evers are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.
Apparent Meth Dealer Busted Behind Bars
La Crosse police didn't have to look far to bust the latest drug dealer in the city. Cops found Steven Huber Byers in jail already when they arrested him for dealing meth on the street. Cops had used an informant last month to get the goods on Huber Byers. Police say he sold their guy two and a half grams of meth in a little zip-loc bag for $180. Due to the nature of the investigation they weren't able to arrest the 24 year-old at the time of the drug deal. So he made it convenient for them by getting busted for something else.
The Little Car That Could
It's amazing the kind of abuse cars can take before they run out of steam. Like the little Pontiac Sunfire that 22 year old Kimberly Dickinson was driving early this morning in the northside industrial park in La Crosse. Police say the Onalaska woman hit a guard rail and a concrete post and then continued driving for quite a ways before finally coming to a stop. It's suprising she was able to go at all. Both airbags had deployed, her windshield was smashed, the rear bumper had nearly fallen off, the front passenger tire was flat, the rim solidly bent, rivers of various fluids leaking. Dickinson said she had two drinks at a bar in West Salem. Probably more than that; police say she blew a .20.
Bradley for Assembly at Your Door, in the Library
Haven't met Julian Bradley yet? Just wait. He's coming. The affable, young Bradley's using the shake-every-single-hand technique to win La Crosse's state assembly seat. It's been some work. Especially, he says, with how warm it's been. Bradley's grateful for the dedication of his volunteers who have helped with reaching out to potential voters. The Republican holds a couple of town hall-style meetings today in two of La Crosse's libraries. He'll be at the main library at 1:00 and at the North Branch at 5:30.