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Proposed Operating Budget leaves $37.7 million levied to La Crosse tax payers

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)--The Proposed Operating Budget for the City of La Crosse leaves $37.7 million levied to tax payers.

"That levy is about $100,000 more than 2013's budget," Wayne Delagrave, Director of Finance said.  "It's not as high as we could go. The state allows us to go up by the cost of net new construction in our community which is about $228,000."

City employees will also see a bit more money.  Mayor Tim Kabat is proposing a three percent salary increase across the board for city employees with no union settlement.

The budget also includes some cuts; they have eliminated a city forester and a property appraiser position saving about $100,000. 

They have cut a number of jobs at the library saving about $180,000.

Under the proposal the Southside Community Library would remain open with the help of an additional $26,000 in the budget.

Delagrave said the process becomes more and more difficult each year.

"You're trying to provide that great quality of life," Delagrave said. "The level of service, the programs, keeping the facility open each and every year with the same amount of dollars."

According to state law, now that the proposed budget is published, it must sit untouched for 15 days.

Council will vote on the budget on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. after a public hearing.

Click here to see the 2014 Proposed Operating Budget.

Click here to see last year's Operating Budget.

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