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234.45(1)(d) (d) “Qualified allocation plan” means the qualified allocation plan adopted by the authority pursuant to section 42 (m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
234.45(1)(e) (e) “Qualified development” means a qualified low-income housing project under section 42 (g) of the Internal Revenue Code that is financed with tax-exempt bonds, pursuant to section 42 (i) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, and located in this state.
234.45(1)(f) (f) “State tax credit” means a tax credit under s. 71.07 (8b), 71.28 (8b), 71.47 (8b), or 76.639.
234.45(2) (2)Establishment of program. The authority shall establish a program to certify persons to claim state tax credits under this section.
234.45(3) (3)Certification. The authority may certify a person to claim a state tax credit in an amount determined by the authority by issuing the person an allocation certificate for the qualified development that is eligible for the state tax credit. The allocation certificate shall state the amount the authority determines the person is eligible to claim for each year of the credit period. The authority may issue an allocation certificate under this subsection only if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
234.45(3)(a) (a) The allocation certificate is issued to a person who has an ownership interest in the qualified development.
234.45(3)(b) (b) The state tax credit is necessary for the financial feasibility of the qualified development.
234.45(3)(c) (c) The qualified development is the subject of a recorded restrictive covenant requiring that, for the compliance period or for a longer period agreed to by the authority and the owner of the qualified development, the development shall be maintained and operated as a qualified development and shall be in compliance with Title VIII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended.
234.45(3)(d) (d) The allocation certificate is issued in accordance with the authority's qualified allocation plan. If practicable, the authority shall begin issuing allocation certificates in conjunction with the authority's implementation of its 2018 qualified allocation plan as if the state tax credits were included in that plan.
234.45(4) (4)Allocation limits. In any calendar year, the aggregate amount of all state tax credits for which the authority certifies persons in allocation certificates issued under sub. (3) in that year may not exceed $42,000,000, including all amounts each person is eligible to claim for each year of the credit period, plus the total amount of all unallocated state tax credits from previous calendar years and plus the total amount of all previously allocated state tax credits that have been revoked or cancelled or otherwise recovered by the authority.
234.45(5) (5)Preference for smaller municipalities. In issuing allocation certificates under sub. (3), the authority shall give preference to qualified developments located in a city, village, or town with a population of fewer than 150,000.
234.45(6) (6)Report. No later than December 31 of each year, the authority shall submit a report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) that includes all of the following:
234.45(6)(a) (a) A statement of the number of qualified developments for which the authority issued allocation certificates that year.
234.45(6)(b) (b) A description of each qualified development for which the authority issued an allocation certificate that year, including the geographic location of the development, the household type and any specific demographic information available concerning the residents intended to be served by the development, the income levels of residents intended to be served by the development, and the rents or set-asides authorized for each development.
234.45(6)(c) (c) An analysis of housing market and demographic information that shows how the qualified developments for which the authority has issued allocation certificates at any time are addressing the need for affordable housing within the communities those developments are intended to serve and an analysis of any remaining disparities in the affordability of housing within those communities.
234.45(7) (7)Policies and procedures. The authority, in consultation with the department of revenue, shall establish policies and procedures to administer this section. The policies and procedures established under this subsection shall, to the extent practicable, incorporate the authority's policies and procedures for awarding federal low-income housing credits under section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code. The authority shall issue allocation certificates annually, on a rolling basis, based on eligibility, as determined by the authority, except that the authority may develop a competitive process to award allocation certificates as a part of its qualified allocation plan.
234.45 History History: 2017 a. 176.
234.49 234.49 Housing rehabilitation.
234.49(1)(1)Definitions. In ss. 234.49 to 234.55:
234.49(1)(b) (b) “Authorized lender" means any lender authorized under sub. (2) (a) 4. to make or service housing rehabilitation loans but does not include a person licensed under s. 138.09.
234.49(1)(c) (c) “Eligible beneficiary" means any of the following:
234.49(1)(c)1. 1. A person whose name does not appear on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), except that a person whose name appears on the statewide support lien docket is an “eligible beneficiary" if the person provides to the authority a payment agreement that has been approved by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and that is consistent with rules promulgated under s. 49.858 (2) (a).
234.49(1)(c)2. 2. A family who or which falls within the income limits specified in par. (fm).
234.49(1)(d) (d) “Eligible rehabilitation" means additions, alterations, or repairs to housing to maintain it in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition or to restore it to that condition, to reduce the cost of owning or occupying dwelling units, to conserve energy, and to extend the economic or physical life of structures. “Eligible rehabilitation" includes the purchase of home appliances that satisfy the energy efficiency criteria established by the federal environmental protection agency for the energy star designation, as determined by the authority, but does not include construction of fireplaces, except for necessary repairs or the addition of permanently attached energy-efficient equipment to an existing fireplace.
234.49(1)(e) (e) “Housing" means a residential structure having not more than 4 dwelling units in which at least one unit is occupied by the owner as a principal residence and, if a housing rehabilitation loan is granted for the property to implement energy conservation improvements, the structure is not subject to rules adopted under s. 101.02, 101.63, or 101.73.
234.49(1)(f) (f) “Housing rehabilitation loan" means a loan to finance eligible rehabilitation or a property tax deferral loan. Housing rehabilitation loans, except property tax deferral loans, include low interest loans.
234.49(1)(fm) (fm) “Low interest loans" means loans that meet or exceed the rate of interest required to pay the costs incurred by the authority for making and servicing such loans, but do not exceed the rate of interest specified in sub. (2) (a) 6. No low interest or other loan may be made to a person or family whose income exceeds 120 percent of the median income for a family of 4, except that in a designated reinvestment neighborhood or area as defined in s. 66.1107 no low interest loan at the highest rate of interest authorized by this paragraph may be made to a person or family whose income exceeds 140 percent of the median income for a family of 4, and except that the authority may increase or decrease the income limit for low interest loans by no more than 10 percent of the limit for each person more or less than 4.
234.49(1)(g) (g) “Median income" means the median family income for the area in which the residence is located or the median family income for the state, whichever is greater.
234.49(1)(h) (h) “Owner" means the holder of the title or the vendee of a land contract of housing which is otherwise eligible for a housing rehabilitation loan.
234.49(1)(hm) (hm) “Property tax deferral loan" means a loan that originated under the property tax deferral program under subch. IV of ch. 77, 1989 stats., or under subch. X of ch. 16, 1991 stats.
234.49(1)(i) (i) “Sponsor" means any town, city, village or county in this state, or any community action agency or housing authority under s. 59.53 (22), 61.73, 66.1201 or 66.1213. A community action agency or housing authority may be a sponsor for the unincorporated area of a county if the board of supervisors of that county adopts a resolution authorizing it to be a sponsor. A community action agency or housing authority may be a sponsor for an incorporated municipality if the governing body of the municipality adopts a resolution authorizing it to be a sponsor.
234.49(2) (2)Powers of authority.
234.49(2)(a) (a) The authority has the following powers for the purpose of implementing this section, in addition to all other powers granted by this chapter:
234.49(2)(a)3. 3. To maintain a current list of authorized lenders. The authority shall establish standards governing the performance of authorized lenders in making and servicing housing rehabilitation loans and shall periodically monitor such performance.
234.49(2)(a)4. 4. To designate as an authorized lender the authority or any local government agency, housing authority under s. 59.53 (22), 61.73, 66.1201 or 66.1213, bank, savings bank, savings and loan institution, mortgage banker licensed under s. 224.72 or credit union, if the designee has a demonstrated history or potential of ability to adequately make and service housing rehabilitation loans.
234.49(2)(a)5. 5. To enter into contracts with authorized lenders authorizing them to process applications and service housing rehabilitation loans. The contracts may include the responsibilities of the authorized lenders with respect to credit evaluations, financial eligibility determinations, valuation of the housing for which the loan is to be made, collection procedures in the event of delinquent loan repayments and other functions which the authority may require. Such contracts may provide for the payment of a fee for originating such loans or for servicing such loans.
234.49(2)(a)6. 6. To enter into contracts or agreements with authorized lenders and sponsors providing for the maximum and minimum acceptable rates of interest to be charged for various classifications of housing rehabilitation loans. In no event may the stated rate of interest on any housing rehabilitation loan under this section exceed the greater of 8 percent per year or 3 percent plus the rate necessary to fully repay interest and principal on housing rehabilitation loan program bonds issued pursuant to s. 234.50.
234.49(2)(a)7. 7. To enter into contracts or agreements with authorized lenders and sponsors providing for the maximum acceptable amount, duration and other terms of housing rehabilitation loans in accordance with sub. (1) (f).
234.49(2)(a)8. 8. To adopt procedures and forms necessary to effectuate the rehabilitation program or to facilitate the marketing of bonds issued under s. 234.50.
234.49(2)(a)9. 9. To specify a rate of interest for a housing rehabilitation loan which is lower than the ordinary current rate for housing rehabilitation loans, if a substantial portion of the loan proceeds will be used for any of the following:
234.49(2)(a)9.a. a. Energy conservation improvements.
234.49(2)(a)9.b. b. The repair or replacement of a heating system, electrical system, plumbing system, foundation or roof.
234.49(2)(a)9.c. c. Other necessary structural repairs.
234.49(2)(a)9.d. d. The authentic renovation of a listed property, as defined in s. 44.31 (4), if the building is located on its original site.
234.49(2)(a)10. 10. To enter into contracts or agreements with the department of revenue or the department of administration to purchase property tax deferral loans under the housing rehabilitation loan program.
234.49(2)(c) (c) In addition to the powers specified in par. (a), the authority has all those powers necessary to implement this subsection.
234.50 234.50 Bonds for housing rehabilitation loans; issuance; status.
234.50(1)(1)The authority may issue its negotiable bonds in such principal amount and of such length of maturity as, in the opinion of the authority, is necessary to provide sufficient funds for purchasing housing rehabilitation loans or for funding commitments for loans to lenders for housing rehabilitation loans; for purchasing property tax deferral loans under s. 234.49 (2) (a) 10.; for the establishment of reserves to secure such bonds; and for all other expenditures of the authority incident to or necessary and convenient in connection therewith. The authority may, whenever it deems refunding expedient, refund any bonds by the issuance of new bonds whether the bonds to be refunded have or have not matured, and issue bonds partly to refund bonds then outstanding and partly for the purpose authorized by this section.
234.50(2) (2)Bonds issued under the authority of this section shall be special obligations of the authority payable solely out of revenues, moneys or other property received in connection with the housing rehabilitation loan program, including, without limitation, repayments of housing rehabilitation loans, federal insurance or guarantee payments, the proceeds of bonds issued under the authority of this section, and the amounts made available under ss. 234.54 and 234.55. All assets and liabilities created through the issuance of bonds to purchase housing rehabilitation loans shall be separate from all other assets and liabilities of the authority. No funds of the housing rehabilitation loan program may be commingled with any other funds of the authority.
234.50(4) (4)The limitations established in ss. 234.18, 234.40, 234.60, 234.61, and 234.65 are not applicable to bonds issued under the authority of this section. The authority may not have outstanding at any one time bonds for housing rehabilitation loans in an aggregate principal amount exceeding $100,000,000, excluding bonds being issued to refund outstanding bonds. The authority shall consult with and coordinate the issuance of bonds with the building commission prior to the issuance of bonds.
234.51 234.51 Housing rehabilitation loan program administration fund; establishment and use.
234.51(1)(1)There is established under the jurisdiction of the authority a housing rehabilitation loan program administration fund. There shall be paid into such fund the amounts appropriated under s. 20.490 (2) (a), the amounts provided in s. 234.55, any amounts transferred by the authority to such fund from other funds or sources and any other moneys which may be available to the authority for the purpose of such fund from any other source.
234.51(2) (2)Subject to agreements with bondholders, the authority shall use moneys in the fund solely for the following purposes:
234.51(2)(a) (a) To pay all administrative costs, expenses and charges, including origination fees and servicing fees, incurred in conducting the housing rehabilitation loan program other than those described in ss. 234.53 (4) and 234.55 (2) (b).
234.51(2)(b) (b) Annually, beginning in 2013, to transfer to the Wisconsin development reserve fund all moneys in the housing rehabilitation loan program administration fund that are not required for the housing rehabilitation loan program.
234.51(3) (3)Moneys of the fund may be invested as provided in s. 234.03 (18). All such investments shall be the exclusive property of the fund. All earnings on or income from such investments shall be credited to the fund.
234.52 234.52 Housing rehabilitation loan program loan-loss reserve fund; establishment and use.
234.52(1)(1)There is established under the jurisdiction of the authority a housing rehabilitation loan program loan-loss reserve fund. There shall be paid into such fund the amounts appropriated under s. 20.490 (2) (q), the amounts provided under s. 234.55, any amounts transferred by the authority to such fund from other funds or sources and any other moneys which may be available to the authority for the purposes of such fund from any other source.
234.52(2) (2)Subject to agreements with bondholders, the authority shall use moneys in the fund solely for transfer to the housing rehabilitation loan program bond redemption fund in amounts equal to losses on housing rehabilitation loans owned by that fund which are not made good by federal insurance or guarantee payments, and solely for the purposes described in s. 234.55 (2) (a). Any balance remaining after payment or due provision for payment of all outstanding bonds issued under the authority of s. 234.50 shall be transferred to the housing rehabilitation loan program administration fund.
234.52(3) (3)Moneys of the fund may be invested as provided in s. 234.03 (18). All such investments shall be the exclusive property of the fund. All earnings on or income from such investments shall be credited to the fund.
234.52 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1985 a. 29 s. 3200 (28); 1999 a. 9.
234.53 234.53 Housing rehabilitation loan fund.
234.53(1)(1)The authority shall establish the housing rehabilitation loan fund. All moneys resulting from the sale of bonds issued under the authority of s. 234.50, not including bonds issued to refund outstanding bonds, and unless credited to the housing rehabilitation loan program capital reserve or bond redemption funds, shall be credited to such fund.
234.53(2) (2)Except as provided in sub. (2m), the authority shall use moneys in the fund for the purpose of purchasing housing rehabilitation loans or for funding commitments for loans to lenders for housing rehabilitation loans. All disbursements of funds under this subsection for purchasing such loans shall be made payable to an authorized lender, as defined in s. 234.49 (1) (b), or a duly authorized agent thereof.
234.53(2m) (2m)The authority may use moneys in the fund for the purpose of funding or purchasing loans under any down payment assistance program established by the authority.
234.53(3) (3)Moneys of the fund may be invested as provided in s. 234.03 (18). All such investments shall be the exclusive property of the fund. All earnings on or income from such investments shall be credited to the fund.
234.53(4) (4)The authority may use moneys in the fund to cover actual and necessary expenses incurred in the sale of housing rehabilitation bonds and investment of the proceeds thereof.
234.53(5) (5)Any moneys not needed for the purposes of the fund shall be transferred to the housing rehabilitation loan program bond redemption fund.
234.53 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1979 c. 361 s. 113; 1985 a. 29 ss. 3200 (28), 3202 (14); 2017 a. 277; s. 35.17 correction in (2).
234.54 234.54 Housing rehabilitation loan program capital reserve fund.
234.54(1g)(1g)In this section, “capital reserve fund requirement" means, as of any particular date of computation, an amount of money, as provided in the resolutions of the authority authorizing the bonds with respect to which the housing rehabilitation loan program capital reserve fund is established, which amount may not exceed the maximum annual debt service on the bonds of the authority for that calendar year or any future calendar year secured in whole or in part by the housing rehabilitation loan program capital reserve fund.
234.54(1r) (1r)The authority shall establish the housing rehabilitation loan program capital reserve fund to secure the bonds issued under the authority of s. 234.50, and shall pay into such fund any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purposes of such fund, any proceeds of sale of housing rehabilitation bonds to the extent provided in the resolution of the authority authorizing the issuance thereof and any other moneys which are made available to the authority for the purpose of such fund from any other source.
234.54(2) (2)All moneys held in the housing rehabilitation loan program capital reserve fund, except as otherwise specifically provided, shall be used, as required, solely for the payment of the principal of bonds of the authority secured in whole or in part by such fund or of sinking fund payments with respect to such bonds, the purchase or redemption of such bonds, the payment of interest on such bonds or the payment of any redemption premium required to be paid when such bonds are redeemed prior to maturity; but, if moneys in such fund at any time are less than the capital reserve fund requirement established for such fund as provided in this section, the authority shall not use such moneys for any optional purchase or optional redemption of such bonds. Any income or interest earned by, or increment to, the capital reserve fund due to the investment thereof may be transferred by the authority to other housing rehabilitation loan program funds or accounts of the authority to the extent such transfer does not reduce the amount of the capital reserve fund below the capital reserve fund requirement for the fund.
234.54(3) (3)
234.54(3)(a)(a) The authority may not issue bonds, secured in whole or in part by the capital reserve fund if upon the issuance of such bonds, the amount in the capital reserve fund will be less than the capital reserve fund requirement of the capital reserve fund, unless the authority, forthwith upon the issuance of the bonds, deposits in the capital reserve fund from the proceeds of the bonds to be issued, or from other sources, an amount which, together with the amount then in the capital reserve fund, will not be less than the capital reserve fund requirement for the fund. The annual debt service for any calendar year is the amount of money equal to the aggregate of all of the following:
234.54(3)(a)1. 1. All interest payable during the calendar year on all bonds secured in whole or in part by the capital reserve fund outstanding on the date of computation.
234.54(3)(a)2. 2. The principal amount of all bonds described in subd. 1. outstanding on the date of computation which mature during the calendar year.
234.54(3)(a)3. 3. All amounts specified in any resolution of the authority authorizing any of the bonds described in subd. 1. as payable during the calendar year as a sinking fund payment with respect to any of the bonds which mature after the calendar year.
234.54(3)(b) (b) The annual debt service calculation made under par. (a) shall be calculated on the assumption that the bonds will after the date of computation cease to be outstanding by reason, but only by reason, of the payment of bonds when due, and the payment when due and application in accordance with the resolution authorizing those bonds, of all of the sinking fund payments payable at or after the date of computation. However, in computing the annual debt service for any calendar year, bonds considered to have been paid in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the resolution of the authority authorizing the issuance thereof may not be included in bonds outstanding on the date of computation.
234.54(4) (4)
234.54(4)(a)(a) To assure the continued operation and solvency of the authority for the carrying out of the public purposes of this chapter, the authority shall accumulate in the capital reserve fund an amount equal to the capital reserve fund requirement for such fund.
234.54(4)(b) (b) If at any time the capital reserve fund requirement for the capital reserve fund exceeds the amount of such capital reserve fund, the chairperson of the authority shall certify to the secretary of administration, the governor and the joint committee on finance the amount necessary to restore such capital reserve fund to an amount equal to the capital reserve fund requirement in respect thereto. If such certification is received by the secretary of administration in an even-numbered year prior to the completion of the budget compilation under s. 16.43, the secretary shall include the certified amount in the budget compilation. In any case, the joint committee on finance shall introduce in either house, in bill form, an appropriation of the amount so certified to the capital reserve fund. Recognizing its moral obligation to do so, the legislature hereby expresses its expectation and aspiration that, if ever called upon to do so, it shall make such appropriation.
234.54(4)(c) (c) Paragraph (b) applies only to bonds issued before December 31, 1983.
234.54(5) (5)In computing the amount of the capital reserve fund for the purposes of this section, securities in which all or a portion of such capital reserve fund is invested shall be valued at par, or if purchased at less than par, at their cost to the authority, adjusted to reflect the amortization of discount or premium paid upon their purchase.
234.54(6) (6)Notwithstanding subs. (1r) to (5), the authority, subject to such agreements with bondholders as may then exist, may elect not to secure any particular issue or series of its bonds with the capital reserve fund. Such election shall be made in the resolution authorizing such issue or series. In this event, subs. (2) and (3) shall not apply to the bonds of such issue or series in that they shall not be entitled to payment out of or be eligible for purchase by such fund nor may they be taken into account in computing or applying any capital reserve fund requirement.
234.54 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1981 c. 21; 1995 a. 225; 1997 a. 35.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)