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Mayor vetoes La Crosse Center expansion project

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A pricey expansion of the La Crosse Center, a convention hall and arena, has been vetoed by the city’s mayor.

In a letter to City Council members Monday, Mayor Tim Kabat says they should work within the $42 million previously approved for the project. The council has asked for an additional $7.2 million for the expansion. The mayor says that would cause the city to raise property taxes. He criticized council members for their “lack of fiscal discipline.”

Kabat is also critical of the project’s design, which he says encroaches on Riverside Park and does not honor the city’s history or demonstrate any enthusiasm. WXOW-TV reports the mayor says La Crosse deserves better than a “big, plain, flat box.”

La Crosse Center Board President Brent Smith says the project will go forward, but that it’s an ongoing discussion.

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