City of La Crosse looking for feedback on how to use community development funds

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A western Wisconsin city is hoping for the community's feedback about how to prioritize funds for neighborhoods, housing and economic development.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat is asking La Crosse residents to fill out a community-wide needs survey.

It's the first time the city has done the survey.

The city will use the survey to help decide how to use its Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city gets about $800,00 a year in those funds.

The funds have been used in a variety of ways including new housing programs, paint and fix up grants and helping non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army.

“It's real important that because those are tax dollars and federal dollars we want to hear from the community,” said Kabat.

Recommendations will be written up using the results of the survey, and presented to the city council this fall.

The survey should be filled out by September 30.

You can fill it out online or pick up a copy at the City Planning Department on the third floor of City Hall.

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