La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) – It was an eventful 2013 for La Crosse City Government.
The year started off with a rare recall election effort against City Council President, Audrey Kader.
Kader was challenged by Gage Maurer, a student at Viterbo, and Jerome Gundersen, Jr. Kader collected 196 votes of the 264 votes, Gundersen received 42 votes and Maurer finished third with 26 votes. Her opponents told News 19 the process was worthwhile, win or lose.
"It was definitely worth it," Maurer said. "We got the message out there that the people aren't happy. And they people aren't happy whether the results are in my favor or not in my favor."
On April 2, Tim Kabat was elected as La Crosse's 42nd Mayor. His challenger, long time council member Doug Farmer, lost by 3,000 votes. The April election also brought in four new member to the City Council.
In October, a Library Board proposed to shut down one the city's three library branches on the south side. It led to protest and an outpouring of appeals. Eventually the city opted to deal with the library's budget shortfall by dipping into the library's reserve fund, as well as cutting back hours at the library's other two branches.
Wrapping up the year, the City Council had to pass its annual budget in November. The budget increases taxes by a couple of dollars a year on the average homeowner.
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