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La Crosse living most expensive in county

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – According to one local study in La Crosse County, the cost of living for home owners in La Crosse is roughly $12,511 per year—roughly $1,402 per month.

The study, conducted by La Crosse County UW-Extension Community Resource Department Educator Karl Green, compared the costs of living for home owners in La Crosse to the cost of living for home owners in the Villages of West Salem and Holmen, the City and Town of Onalaska, and the Town of Farmington.

La Crosse City Mayor Tim Kabat held an informational session on Tuesday evening at City Hall to encourage more owner-occupied housing in La Crosse.

“It’s important for the council and the public to understand that the true cost, the total cost, of where people live are more than just property taxes,” Kabat said.

According to Green’s report, on average, additional costs for sewer, water and home insurance is roughly the same in La Crosse as the neighboring cities, towns, and villages.

The city of La Crosse is roughly 50-50 when it comes to home-owning and renting. Kabat said with more home ownership, it would raise the value of La Crosse homes and help lower the difference in property taxes.

For more information on Green’s “Comparison of Annual Costs Associated with Home Ownership” report, click here.

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