17 Items You Didn't Know The City of La Crosse is Proposing

(and how to comment on them)

We reviewed the 300+ page document page so you can ENGAGE easier.

HURRY: The plan is in the review stage and gets approved in August.

 

THE HIGHLIGHTS REEL (respond by Aug. 8)

Ideas proposed by the community (department heads, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, and more)

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FROM THE CAPITAL EQUIPMENT BUDGET

City Proposes Leasing Cars From Enterprise

"The City is in partnership with Enterprise Fleet Management. The City is transitioning fleet vehicles to leased vehicles to ultimately reduce the fleet budget and to update the current aging fleet."

The City will lease 71 vehicles at a cost of $373,671 per year.

ADDED/CHANGED Last Month (not in the highlight reel or numbers below, unless noted):

  • ADDED paving the end of Quarry Rd. ($100k)
  • ADDED: "Improve the Block" program (adding biofilters on City boulevards in one block near Lincoln Middle School as part of a larger, $700k, water runoff, rain garden, and educational project ($50k)
  • ADDED: Weigent Park Shelter remodel ($200k)
  • REMOVED: Hixon Forest Rehabilitation ($20k)
  • REDUCE: Red Cloud Park Trail ($50k)
  • REMOVED: Spring Brook Park Lighting
  • SPED UP: Station #4 on the City's Northside being redone in 2022 vs. 2024

The Process Explained

The five-year plan is reviewed on an annual basis to adjust for changing needs/priorities of the community and changing framework of ongoing projects. The first year in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is the year that actual appropriations are authorized by the Common Council. The remaining four years are guides for future development of City infrastructure.

City Hall Website

Important dates

August 9th & 23rd*, 2021: Final Budget Review

City Plan Commission, 6:00 PM, Black River Beach House

email council members at:
zzcouncilmembers@cityoflacrosse.org 

More Ways to View The Information Below

BY MAP    |    OVERALL NUMBERS    |     BEST PRACTICE/QUESTIONS

BUT EMAIL YOUR FEEDBACK NO LATER THAN AUGUST 8 TO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
zzcouncilmembers@cityoflacrosse.org

SEE IT ON A MAP (Comment by Aug. 8)

You'll be taken to Google Earth. Give it a moment to load.

Then scroll through table of contents or zoom on the map and click on projects.

Read the CIP Yourself

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Seen Enough? Ready to Engage?

Email your council members here ASAP (before August 9): zzcouncilmembers@cityoflacrosse.org

THE NUMBERS (Comment by Aug. 8)

Equipment Expense went away in 2022

Equipment Expense went away in 2022

2022 Capital Budget Overview (Proposed)

Million $ to be spent

%

in New Borrowing (Debt)

%

City Funded (from tax dollars & other income)

Comparison to Last Year (2021)

Million $

included a new $62 mil wastewater treatment plant

%

in New Borrowing (Debt)

%

City Funded

Deeper Comparison

Year Total Capital Budget

Total Borrowed (Debt-Financed)

Total City Funded
2022 $84.4 mil $38.9 mil $63.7 mil
2021

$120 mil

$17.4 mil $33.1 mil
2020 $44.4 mil $29 mil $220.2 mil

%

of the City's Annual Budget is spent paying down debt

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Email your council members here ASAP (before August 9): zzcouncilmembers@cityoflacrosse.org

BEST PRACTICES & QUESTIONS (Comment by Aug 8)

The NEED Part

In a document called "Capital Planning in the Digital Era" Open Gov says CIPS should include:

  1.  List of projects, equipment, and major studies
  2. Ranking of each project
  3. Financing plan
  4. Timetable for construction or completion for each project
  5. Data to support justifying the projects
  6. Statement of the objectives of capital programs and the relationship of those programs to long range development plans. 

The PLAN Part

  • Where the numbers hit reality
  • prevent too many large tickets coming due at one time causing financial strain
  • plan for how things will get paid for, such as
    • pay as you go (Operational funding)
    • grants (federal & state)
    • borrowing / debt financing
    • special assessments (i.e. those impacted pay in only)

Council Priorities From the Website

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  1. Housing - mixed use development & redevelopment
  2. Public safety
  3. Code enforcement
  4. Improved streets and infrastructure
  5. Develop/improve regional relationships
  6. Develop budget performance measures and cost savings
  7. Attract employers
  8. Improve community engagement
  9. Improve employee relationships
  10. Improve internal and external communications
  11. Improve public access online.

The DID THEY GET IT RIGHT Part

PUBLIC INPUT

From "Capital Planning in a Digital Era" LINK >>

 1) Are the priorities of the City clear?

2) Is the need clearly identified?

3) Are outcome goals clearly defined? 

4) Does the financing make sense (pay-as-you go/operations vs. borrowing)?

5) How can the impact on the community be measured?

6) How will the City keep citizens informed?

 

 

 

Important dates

August 9th & 23rd*, 2021: Final Budget Review

City Plan Commission, 6:00 PM, Black River Beach House

EMAIL COUNCIL MEMBERS AT:


zzcouncilmembers@cityoflacrosse.org

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