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Saying, "we're number one," feels pretty good sometimes. But not when it's number one in taxes. According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance new report on spending and taxing in state munipalities, La Crosse holds the dubious distinction of having the highest tax rate among 23 like-sized cities. La Crosse's city property tax levy was $11.60 in 2010 and, according to the alliance, saw the third highest jump in the levy among the state's mid-sized cities. Among those same cities, La Crosse also has one of the lowest levels of income per taxpayer.
The only bridge over the Mississippi between La Crosse and Prairie du Chien has been shut down today...after a barge ran into it.
The Blackhawk bridge at Lansing has been closed because of the accident. Traffic to and from the bridge on Wisconsin Highway 82 may be closed for the next few hours, but the Crawford County Sheriff's Office says north-south traffic on the Wisconsin side is still moving. People who normally use the bridge at Lansing will have to travel 30 miles to the north or south to get across the river until the bridge reopens.
The idea behind a sidewalk expansion to Southern Bluffs elementary in La Crosse wasn't a bad one. The idea was to create a safe route to school. But, when the half million dollar project's done next month, kids will still have to cross highway 35 to get to Southern Bluffs. So will kids actually use the route to get to school? Southern Bluffs principal Mary Lin Wershofen says it's possible that more kids will use the reconstructed path, but because of a lack of a safe way to crosse the highway, she won't be promoting it as a safe route to school. The sidewalk expansion has been largely funded by the feds, with the city of La Crosse picking up the 29 thousand dollar design tab.
A drug dealer wannabee still faces charges for dealing even though he had no actual drugs to sell.
La Crosse police say they nabbed Wesley Tyson from La Crescent during a traffic stop downtown near city hall early this morning. the 45 year-old Tyson was the passenger in a car driven by a drunk guy. They found bags of white powder on Tyson. Tested the stuff for cocaine, heroin and meth. All negative. Turns out, Tyson had crumbled up some drywall. Says he was going to try and sell it as crack. As he said, just to make a few bucks.