Someone in Tomah was quite bored Wednesday, so they went around smashing out car windows. Tomah Police say they have recieved 16 complaints of windows being taken out.
Police say it appears as if the windows had been shot out with a pellet gun or similar weapon.
Tomah Police are investigating.
A couple of big dollar property tax disagreements could be decided by the La Crosse city council in the next month. One involves WTC and its new dormitory on La Crosse street. Worth eight million, says city assessor Mark Schlafer, but not actually owned by the tech school which had entered into a lease agreement with an option to purchase with a corporation called Paul and Pauline's corner which owns the land and the building. TC says the building's property exempt, Schlafer disagrees. Nearly a quarter million dollars in taxes are in play with that dispute. Tens of thousands also could be at stake regarding a dispute involving the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The shrine wants the entire pilgrim's center to be tax exempt. Schlafer says only a portion of it deserves that consideration.
About five percent of Minnesotans really, really don't like governor Mark Dayton's proposals for their future. Dayton wants lawmakers to agree to a new top income tax bracket of nearly 11 percent for those earning over $150 thousand, plus an additional 3% for those bringing in over a half million a year. And that, says the legislature's tax committee chair, Preston representative Greg Davids, is how you soak the rich. And how you drive them out of the state. Davids says giving Minnesota the top income tax bracket in the nation will only drive those top earners to other states. He predicts failure for Dayton's proposals in the house and senate .
The Monroe County Justice Center referendum is a dead deal for the time being. County Board Chair Rick Irwin says there is just not enough time to draft one before the February 22nd deadline. But he says its not a step back.
Iwrin says he is confident the process will remain on track as long as the board is moving forward.
An unofficial show of hands showed 23 supervisors thought something had to be done with the justice center in Sparta, and 20 would consider a downtown site for a new jail and justice center.
Several schools in the area have called off school in anticipation of protest actions against governor Walker's proposal to strip most public workers of much of their collective bargaining rights. La Crosse, West Salem, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Bangor, and Holmen are among the districts that are closed as teachers are expected to convene on the state capitol. A vote is nearing in the capital on the collective bargaining rights issue as well as other proposals to have union workers pay more of their own pensions and health care costs. Law enforcement and firefighter unions are exempt from the proposed changes.