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60.36   Municipal judge.
60.37   Town employees.
SUBCHAPTER VI
FINANCE
60.40   Preparation and adoption of budget.
60.41   Annual financial statement.
60.42   Finance book.
60.43   Financial audits.
60.44   Claims against town.
60.45   Disbursements from town treasury.
60.46   Public depository.
60.47   Public contracts and competitive bidding.
SUBCHAPTER VII
PUBLIC WORKS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
60.50   Public works.
60.52   Sewer and water systems of adjoining municipality.
60.53   Service pipes and laterals.
60.54   Solid waste transportation.
60.55   Fire protection.
60.553   Combined protective services.
60.555   Fire safety regulations.
60.557   Reimbursement for fire calls on highways.
60.56   Law enforcement.
60.563   Rewards for crime information.
60.565   Ambulance service.
60.57   Police and fire commission.
SUBCHAPTER VIII
LAND USE AND PLANNING
60.61   General zoning authority.
60.62   Zoning authority if exercising village powers.
60.625   Required notice on certain approvals.
60.627   Town construction site erosion control and storm water management zoning.
60.63   Community and other living arrangements.
60.635   Environmental protection; interstate hazardous liquid pipelines.
60.64   Historic preservation.
60.65   Board of adjustment.
60.66   Town park commission.
SUBCHAPTER IX
TOWN SANITARY DISTRICTS
60.70   Definitions.
60.71   Creation of town sanitary district by town board order.
60.72   Creation of town sanitary district by order of the department of natural resources.
60.726   Property with private on-site wastewater treatment system included.
60.73   Review of orders creating town sanitary districts.
60.74   Commissioners; method of selection.
60.75   Commissioners; requirements.
60.76   Organization of the commission.
60.77   Powers and duties.
60.78   Powers to borrow money and issue municipal obligations.
60.782   Power to act as a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district.
60.785   Changes in district boundaries.
60.79   Alteration of town sanitary districts.
SUBCHAPTER X
MISCELLANEOUS
60.80   Publication or posting of ordinances and resolutions.
60.81   Population; use of federal census.
60.82   Regional planning programs.
60.83   Destruction of obsolete town records.
60.84   Monuments.
60.85   Town tax increment law.
Ch. 60 Note NOTE: 1983 Wisconsin Act 532, which completely revised chapter 60, has extensive notes explaining the revision. See Laws of Wisconsin, 1983.
subch. I of ch. 60 SUBCHAPTER I
DEFINITIONS
60.001 60.001 Definitions. In this chapter:
60.001(1) (1)“Annual town meeting" means the town meeting held under s. 60.11.
60.001(2) (2)“Special town meeting" means a town meeting, other than the annual town meeting, held under s. 60.12.
60.001(3) (3)“Town meeting" means the annual town meeting or a special town meeting.
60.001 History History: 1983 a. 532.
subch. II of ch. 60 SUBCHAPTER II
LEGAL STATUS; ORGANIZATION
60.01 60.01 Legal status; general powers.
60.01(1)(1)A town is a body corporate and politic, with those powers granted by law. A town shall be designated in all actions and proceedings by its name, as “Town of ....".
60.01(2) (2)A town may:
60.01(2)(a) (a) Sue and be sued.
60.01(2)(b) (b) Acquire and hold real and personal property for public use and convey and dispose of the property.
60.01(2)(c) (c) Enter into contracts necessary for the exercise of its corporate powers.
60.01 History History: 1983 a. 532.
60.03 60.03 Division and dissolution of towns generally.
60.03(1)(1)General rule. Subject to sub. (7), a town may be divided or dissolved under subs. (2) to (6).
60.03(2) (2)Petition. If at least 20 percent of the residents of a town who have a freehold interest in real property located in the town and who constitute at least one-third of the electors of the town file a petition with the county board, conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40, requesting division or dissolution of the town and file the petition with the town clerk at least 60 days before the next annual town meeting, a referendum shall be held at the annual town meeting on the question of division or dissolution.
60.03(3) (3)Notice of referendum. A town clerk who receives a petition under sub. (2) shall, at least 30 days before the annual town meeting, give notice that a referendum on the question of division or dissolution will be held at the annual town meeting. The notice shall describe any proposed division. Notice of a division or dissolution shall be published as a class 2 notice under ch. 985. Notice of a division referendum shall also be made by posting the notice in 3 public places in each subdivision of the town proposed by the petition under sub. (2). Notice of a dissolution referendum shall also be made by posting the notice in 3 public places in the town.
60.03(4) (4)Ballot question. In a referendum under this section, the ballot on the question of division shall pose the question as “For Division" and “Against Division" and describe the proposed division. The ballot on the question of dissolution shall pose the question as “For Dissolution" and “Against Dissolution".
60.03(5) (5)Referendum vote; authority of county board.
60.03(5)(a)(a) Division. The electors of each subdivision proposed under sub. (2) shall vote separately. If a majority of the electors voting in either subdivision favors division, the town clerk shall certify the result to the county board of the county in which the town is located. Upon receipt of the certified result, the county board may divide the town accordingly. If the county board does not divide the town within 180 days after the board receives the certified result of the referendum, the board's authority to divide the town, based on that referendum, lapses.
60.03(5)(b) (b) Dissolution. If a majority of the electors votes in favor of dissolution, the town clerk shall certify the result to the county board of the county in which the town is located. Upon receipt of the certified result, the county board may dissolve the town. If the county board does not dissolve the town within 180 days after the board receives the certified result of the referendum, the board's authority to dissolve the town, based on that referendum, lapses.
60.03(6) (6)Validity of proceeding. Any person aggrieved may have the validity of proceedings under this section reviewed by commencing an action in circuit court. An action brought under this subsection shall be brought within the time provided under s. 893.73 (1) (b). A town which has exercised the powers and functions of a town for one year is conclusively presumed to have been duly organized.
60.03(7) (7)Division not permitted. No town may be divided if division results in a town of less than 36 sections in area unless each resulting town of less than 36 sections contains 75 electors and real estate valued, at the last preceding assessment, at at least 40 percent of the equalized value of real estate in the town before division.
60.03 History History: 1983 a. 532; 1989 a. 192.
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