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MES:wlj:jf
2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
February 27, 2015 - Introduced by Joint Legislative Council. Referred to
Committee on Economic Development and Commerce.
SB57,1,3 1An Act to amend 66.1105 (2) (aj) and 66.1105 (5) (a); and to create 66.1105 (5)
2(j) of the statutes; relating to: redetermination of base value for tax
3incremental districts.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
the bill.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Study Committee on Review of Tax Incremental Financing (TIF).
Current law
Under current law, following the creation of a tax incremental district (TID), the
Department of Revenue (DOR) determines the equalized value of the taxable property
within the district. This value is referred to as the TID's "base value." Typically, during
the TID's life span, property values of the property in the TID will rise above the base
value, and the portion of taxes collected on the increase in value of property located in the
TID will be used to pay back the project costs of the TID.

Current law, as affected by 2013 Wisconsin Act 183, addresses the situation where
the values of property in a TID do not rise as expected, but instead fall. Under this act,
a local legislative body of a city or village may, subject to joint review board (JRB)
approval, request that DOR redetermine the base value of a TID that is in a "decrement
situation" that continues for at least two consecutive years. A "decrement situation" is
defined as a decline in current value of TID property of at least 10 percent compared to
the current base value of the TID. A local legislative body may request redetermination
of the base value of a TID in a decrement situation once during the lifespan of the TID,
and DOR may impose a fee of $1,000 for the redetermination. Additionally, before DOR
may carry out a redetermination, the local legislative body must conduct a financial
analysis of the TID, and must amend the TID project plan to satisfy at least one of the
following conditions:
With regard to the total value of public infrastructure improvement in the district
that occurs after JRB approval, at least 51 percent of the value of the improvements must
be financed by a private developer or other private entity in return for the city's or village's
agreement to repay those costs solely through the payment of cash grants, and that cash
grants must be paid through a development agreement with the city or village.
All project costs are expected to be paid within 90 percent of the TID's remaining
life.
Expenditures may be made only within the first half of the TID's remaining life,
unless approved by unanimous vote of the JRB, and subject to the generally applicable
limitations or the timing of expenditures under TIF law.
[s. 66.1105 (5) (i), stats.]
The bill
The bill proposes an alternative process for redetermining the base value of a TID.
The bill would authorize a local legislative body to request redetermination any time that
a TID is in a decrement situation for a single year. Under the bill, a local legislative body's
ability to require redeterminations under the alternative process must first be included
in the TID's project plan, resulting in JRB approval of the possibility of redetermination
but not each specific resolution for redetermination. The ability of a local legislative body
to request multiple redeterminations also must be specifically stated in the project plan.
Under the bill, the $1,000 fee to DOR would apply to each redetermination.
SB57,1 1Section 1. 66.1105 (2) (aj) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB57,2,62 66.1105 (2) (aj) "Decrement situation" means a situation in which the
3aggregate value, as equalized by the department of revenue, of all taxable property
4located within a tax incremental district on or about the date on which a resolution
5is adopted under sub. (5) (h) 1. or (j) 1. is at least 10 percent less than the current tax
6incremental base of that district.
SB57,2 7Section 2. 66.1105 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB57,3,78 66.1105 (5) (a) Subject to sub. (8) (d), upon the creation of a tax incremental
9district, upon adoption of any amendment subject to par. (c), or upon the adoption and

1approval of a resolution under par. (h), or upon the adoption of a resolution under par.
2(j),
its tax incremental base shall be determined or redetermined as soon as
3reasonably possible. The department of revenue may impose a fee of $1,000 on a city
4to determine or redetermine the tax incremental base of a tax incremental district
5under this subsection, except that if the redetermination is based on a single
6amendment to a project plan that both adds and subtracts territory, the department
7may impose a fee of $2,000.
SB57,3 8Section 3. 66.1105 (5) (j) of the statutes is created to read:
SB57,3,119 66.1105 (5) (j) 1. Subject to subd. 2., a local legislative body may adopt a
10resolution requiring the department of revenue to redetermine the tax incremental
11base of a district that is in a decrement situation.
SB57,3,1612 2. A local legislative body may adopt a resolution under this paragraph relating
13to redetermination only if the project plan authorizes, or is amended to authorize, the
14redetermination. A local legislative body may adopt multiple resolutions under this
15paragraph for redetermination only if the project plan or amendment specifically
16authorizes multiple resolutions.
SB57,3,1917 3. Upon adoption of a resolution by a local legislative body under subd. 1., the
18department of revenue shall redetermine the tax incremental base of the district
19under par. (a).
Note: The above provision refers to the definition of a "decrement situation" in s.
66.1105 (2) (aj), stats., which is defined as a decline in current value of TID property of
at least 10 percent compared to the current base value of the TID.
SB57,3,2020 (End)
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