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$20 million seem like a lot of money to you? That's how much La Crosse's auditor recently told city council members exists in the city's reserve fund balance. Some of that money's already dedicated for other purposes. But $19 million is available for use. In emergencies, typically. But, according to one city council finance committee member we've talked to, mayor Matt Harter plans to use $900 thousand of that reserve fund to pay for regular budget items this year, apparently in an effort to keep tax increases to a minimum. The city council agreed to a similar raid of the reserve fund during budget back-and-forth last year.
The mayor of Arcadia has declared a stae of emergency throughout his city. No traffic other than emergency vehicles is being allowed into the city. Some are being evacuated from low-lying areas. Arcadia schools are closed because of flooding. There are reports cars are floating in the parking lot of Ashley Furniture.
Oktoberfest is marking its 50th year in La Crosse...and the new Mrs. Oktoberfest has been associated with U-W-L for almost 40 of those years.
Karla Stanek came to the university as a student from Independence in 1971. Shortly after graduation, she went to work in the Career Services office on campus, and now runs that department. Unlike other royalty at the fest, who learn about the honor after being chosen, Stanek says she was surprised to be approached as a candidate for Mrs. Oktoberfest.
Karla and her husband John were guests of honor at the Mrs. Oktoberfest banquet last night, on the U-W-L campus. This year's Festmaster will be introduced tomorrow night at the Festmaster's Ball.
The third Friday count has come and gone. But the numbers still aren't clear. School districts in Wisconsin have been approving budgets this month. Those budgets depend on plenty of variables. Variables that don't have exact numbers at this point. One of the questions districts like La Crosse are waiting on is how many kids are actually sitting in seats in classrooms. An official count was made this past Friday; the third Friday in September. While those numbers are being compiled, La Crosse school district business manager, Janet Rosseter says final count numbers won't be available until sometime October. Final hit to taxpayers won't be known until December.