“Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county.
Establishment of salary.
An elected official of any political subdivision, who by virtue of the office held by that official is entitled to participate in the establishment of the salary attending that office, shall not during the term of the office collect salary in excess of the salary provided at the time of that official's taking office. This provision is of statewide concern and applies only to officials elected after October 22, 1961.
Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 59.10 (1) (c)
, (2) (c)
, (3) (f)
, or 62.09 (6)
, an elective officer may send written notification to the clerk and treasurer of the political subdivision on whose governing body he or she serves that he or she wishes to refuse to accept the salary that he or she is otherwise entitled to receive.
Except as provided in subd. 3.
, to be valid the notification must be sent no later than the day on which the elective officer takes the oath of office and before he or she performs any services in his or her official capacity, and the notification applies only to the taxable year in which the officer's election is certified or in which the officer is appointed, if the elective officer's current taxable year ends within 3 months of his or her certification or appointment, the notification applies until the end of his or her next taxable year.
Except as provided in subd. 2.
, to be valid the notification must be sent at least 30 days before the start of the elective officer's next taxable year, and the notification applies only to that taxable year although the notification may be renewed annually as provided in this subdivision.
If a clerk and treasurer receive notification as described in subd. 2.
, the treasurer may not pay the elective officer his or her salary during the time period to which the notification applies. Upon receipt of such notification, the political subdivision's treasurer shall not pay the elective officer the salary that he or she is otherwise entitled to receive, beginning with the first pay period that commences after notification applies.
An elective officer, or officer-elect, who sends the written notification described under par. (a)
may not rescind the notification. If an elective officer's notification no longer applies, the political subdivision's treasurer shall pay the elective officer any salary that he or she is entitled to receive, beginning with the first pay period that commences after the expiration of the notification.
Referendum; increase in employee wages. 66.0506(1)(1)
In this section, “local governmental unit" means any city, village, town, county, metropolitan sewerage district, long-term care district, local cultural arts district under subch. V of ch. 229
, or any other political subdivision of the state, or instrumentality of one or more political subdivisions of the state.
If any local governmental unit wishes to increase the total base wages of its general municipal employees, as defined in s. 111.70 (1) (fm)
, who are part of a collective bargaining unit under subch. IV of ch. 111
, in an amount that exceeds the limit under s. 111.70 (4) (mb) 2.
, the governing body of the local governmental unit shall adopt a resolution to that effect. The resolution shall specify the amount by which the proposed total base wages increase will exceed the limit under s. 111.70 (4) (mb) 2.
The resolution may not take effect unless it is approved in a referendum called for that purpose. The referendum shall occur in November for collective bargaining agreements that begin the following January 1. The results of a referendum apply to the total base wages only in the next collective bargaining agreement.
The referendum question shall be substantially as follows: “Shall the .... [general municipal employees] in the .... [local governmental unit] receive a total increase in wages from $....[current total base wages] to $....[proposed total base wages], which is a percentage wage increase that is .... [x] percent higher than the percent of the consumer price index increase, for a total percentage increase in wages of .... [x]?"
History: 2011 a. 10
; 2013 a. 166
This section does not violate the plaintiffs' associational rights. No matter the limitations or burdens a legislative enactment places on the collective bargaining process, collective bargaining remains a creation of legislative grace and not constitutional obligation. The restrictions attached to the statutory scheme of collective bargaining are irrelevant in regards to freedom of association because no condition is being placed on the decision to participate. If a general employee participates in collective bargaining under 2011 Wis. Act 10
's statutory framework, that general employee has not relinquished a constitutional right. They have only acquired a benefit to which they were never constitutionally entitled. Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, 2014 WI 99
, 358 Wis. 2d 1
, 851 N.W.2d 337
Automatic salary schedules.
Whenever the governing body of any city, village, or town enacts by ordinance a salary schedule for some or all employees and officers of the city, village or town, other than members of the city council or village or town board, the salary schedule may include an automatic adjustment for some or all of the personnel in conformity with fluctuations upwards and downwards in the cost of living, notwithstanding ss. 60.32
, 62.09 (6)
and 62.13 (7)
Collective bargaining. 66.0508(1m)
Except as provided under subch. IV of ch. 111
, no local governmental unit may collectively bargain with its employees.
If a local governmental unit has in effect on June 29, 2011, an ordinance or resolution that is inconsistent with sub. (1m)
, the ordinance or resolution does not apply and may not be enforced.
Each local governmental unit that is collectively bargaining with its employees shall determine the maximum total base wages expenditure that is subject to collective bargaining under s. 111.70 (4) (mb) 2.
, calculating the consumer price index change using the same method the department of revenue uses under s. 73.03 (68)
History: 2011 a. 10
Sub. (1m)'s plain language prohibits municipal employers from reaching binding agreements with their general employees on a collective basis, if the agreement concerns anything other than the employees' base wages. Sub. (1m) does not violate union members' rights to petition the government for redress of grievances, nor do 2011 Act 10
's various restrictions, in their cumulative effect, violate their associational rights. Laborers Local 236, AFL-CIO v. Walker, 749 F. 3d 628
66.0508 Annotation2011 Act 10
's various restrictions, in their cumulative effect, do not violate union members' associational rights. The 1st amendment does not require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive. For the most part, the Bill of Rights enshrines negative liberties. It directs what government may not do to its citizens, rather than what it must do for them. Laborers Local 236, AFL-CIO v. Walker, 749 F. 3d 628
66.0508 Annotation2011 Act 10
's treatment of union employees and individual employees did not infringe fundamental 1st amendment rights and did not violate equal protection. Wisconsin is not treating employees differently based on the employees' exercise of their associational rights. Act 10 does not mandate any form of unfavorable treatment for union members. These employees still possess every right, and are given every opportunity, that the state grants to their colleagues who elect not to join a union, but Wisconsin has refused to participate in an activity that the represented employees want the state to engage in. Laborers Local 236, AFL-CIO v. Walker, 749 F. 3d 628
Civil service system; veterans preference. 66.0509(1)(1)
Any city or village may proceed under s. 61.34 (1)
, 62.11 (5)
to establish a civil service system of selection, tenure and status, and the system may be made applicable to all municipal personnel except the chief executive and members of the governing body, members of boards and commissions including election officials, employees subject to s. 62.13
, members of the judiciary and supervisors. Any town may establish a civil service system under this subsection. For veterans there shall be no restrictions as to age, and veterans and their spouses shall be given preference points in accordance with s. 63.08 (1) (fm)
. The system may also include uniform provisions in respect to attendance, leave regulations, compensation and payrolls for all personnel included in the system. The governing body of any city, village or town establishing a civil service system under this section may exempt from the system the librarians and assistants subject to s. 43.09 (1)
A local governmental unit, as defined in s. 66.0131 (1) (a)
, that does not have a civil service system on June 29, 2011, shall establish a grievance system not later than October 1, 2011.
To comply with the grievance system that is required under par. (a)
, a local governmental unit may establish either a civil service system under any provision authorized by law, to the greatest extent practicable, if no specific provision for the creation of a civil service system applies to that local governmental unit, or establish a grievance procedure as described under par. (d)
Any civil service system that is established under any provision of law, and any grievance procedure that is created under this subsection, shall contain at least all of the following provisions:
If a local governmental unit creates a grievance procedure under this subsection, the procedure shall contain at least all of the following elements:
A written document specifying the process that a grievant and an employer must follow.
An appeal process in which the highest level of appeal is the governing body of the local governmental unit.
If an employee of a local governmental unit is covered by a civil service system on June 29, 2011, and if that system contains provisions that address the provisions specified in par. (c)
, the provisions that apply to the employee under his or her existing civil service system continue to apply to that employee.
Any town may establish a civil service system under sub. (1)
and in the departments that the town board may determine. Any person who has been employed in a department for more than 5 years before the establishment of a civil service system applicable to that department is eligible to appointment without examination.
Any town not having a civil service system and having exercised the option of placing assessors under civil service under s. 60.307 (3)
may establish a civil service system for assessors under sub. (1)
, unless the town has come within the jurisdiction of a county assessor under s. 70.99
When any town has established a system of civil service, the ordinance establishing the system may not be repealed for a period of 6 years after its enactment, and after the 6-year period it may be repealed only by proceedings under s. 9.20
by referendum vote. This subsection does not apply if a town comes, before the expiration of the 6 years, within the jurisdiction of a county assessor under s. 70.99
Any civil service system established under the provisions of this section shall provide for the appointment of a civil service board or commission and for the removal of the members of the board or commission for cause by the mayor with approval of the council, by the city manager and the council in a city organized under ss. 64.01
, and by the board in a village or town.
All examinations given in a civil service system established under this section, including minimum training and experience requirements, for positions in the classified service shall be job-related in compliance with appropriate validation standards and shall be subject to the approval of the board or commission appointed under sub. (4)
. All relevant experience, whether paid or unpaid, shall satisfy experience requirements.
A county's grievance procedure that excluded the plaintiff's dismissal from being grieved violated sub. (1m)'s mandate that the grievance procedure address terminations. Not all employee separations are “terminations" within the meaning of sub. (1m). Whatever the precise parameters of “terminations," the term is not commonly used to describe situations where an employee voluntarily quits or retires. However, the action taken against the plaintiff in this case was a termination within the plain meaning of the statute and the denial of the opportunity to grieve the termination was impermissible. Dodge County Professional Employees v. Dodge County, 2014 WI App 8
, 352 Wis. 2d 400
, 842 N.W.2d 500
Neither this section nor the defendant county's grievance policy provided the substantive restrictions necessary to transform the plaintiff's employment into one which could be terminated only for cause. Under Wisconsin law, a dichotomy exists between employment at-will and employment that can be terminated only for cause. Only those employees whose employment falls within the “for cause" category receive due process protections. Even if this section requiring a grievance process and the defendant county's implementation of such a policy moved the plaintiff's employment out of the “at-will" category, there was no evidence of terms limiting the employer's discretion to terminate the plaintiff's employment only for cause. Nesvold v. Roland, 37 F. Supp. 3d 1027
Benefits to officers, employees, agents. 66.0510(2)
If a local governmental unit provides an employee benefit plan to its officers, agents, and employees, the plan may cover only such officers, agents, and employees and their spouses and dependent children.
History: 2017 a. 59
Law enforcement agency policies on use of force and citizen complaint procedures. 66.0511(1)(a)
“Choke hold” means the intentional and prolonged application of force to the throat, windpipe, or carotid arteries that prevents or hinders breathing or blood flow, reduces the intake of air, or reduces blood flow to the head.
Use of force policy.
Each person in charge of a law enforcement agency shall prepare in writing a policy or standard regulating the use of force by law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties. The law enforcement agency shall make the policy or standard publicly available on a website maintained by the law enforcement agency or, if the agency does not maintain its own site, on a website maintained by the municipality over which the law enforcement agency has jurisdiction. If the policy or standard is changed, the law enforcement agency shall ensure the website displays the updated policy or standard as soon as practically possible but no later than one year after the change is made. The law enforcement agency shall also prominently display a means of requesting a copy of the policy or standard. If a person requests a copy of the policy or standard, the law enforcement agency shall provide a copy of the current policy or standard free of charge as soon as practically possible but no later than 3 business days after the request is made. A law enforcement agency may not authorize the use of choke holds by law enforcement officers in a policy or standard under this subsection, except in life-threatening situations or in self-defense.
Sub. (2) is shown as affected by 2021 Wis. Acts 48
and as merged by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (2) (i).
Citizen complaint procedure.
Each person in charge of a law enforcement agency shall prepare in writing and make available for public scrutiny a specific procedure for processing and resolving a complaint by any person regarding the conduct of a law enforcement officer employed by the agency. The writing prepared under this subsection shall include a conspicuous notification of the prohibition and penalty under s. 946.66
History: 1987 a. 131
; 1997 a. 176
; 1999 a. 150
; Stats. 1999 s. 66.0511; 2021 a. 48
; s. 13.92 (2) (i).
Police, pay when acting outside county or municipality. 66.0513(1)(1)
Any chief of police, sheriff, deputy sheriff, county traffic officer or other peace officer of any city, county, village or town, who is required by command of the governor, sheriff or other superior authority to maintain the peace, or who responds to the request of the authorities of another municipality, to perform police or peace duties outside territorial limits of the city, county, village or town where the officer is employed, is entitled to the same wage, salary, pension, worker's compensation, and all other service rights for this service as for service rendered within the limits of the city, county, village or town where regularly employed.
All wage and disability payments, pension and worker's compensation claims, damage to equipment and clothing, and medical expense arising under sub. (1)
, shall be paid by the city, county, village or town regularly employing the officer. Upon making the payment the city, county, village or town shall be reimbursed by the state, county or other political subdivision whose officer or agent commanded the services out of which the payments arose.
History: 1975 c. 147
; 1999 a. 150
; Stats. 1999 s. 66.0513.
The use of the phrase “required by command" in sub. (1) plainly does not mean that officers who volunteer to go to another city, county, village, or town are excluded from worker's compensation and other benefits. A governmental body obligated to reimburse another for worker's compensation payments under this section is obligated under worker's compensation law for purposes of worker's compensation insurance coverage. Milwaukee County v. Juneau County, 2004 WI App 23
, 269 Wis. 2d 730
, 676 N.W.2d 513
Receipts for fees.
Every officer or employee upon receiving fees shall, if requested to do so by the person paying the fees, deliver to that person a receipt for the fees, specifying for which account each portion of the fees respectively accrued.
History: 1991 a. 316
; 1999 a. 150
; Stats. 1999 s. 66.0515.
Town, village and city weed commissioner.
The chairperson of each town, the president of each village and the mayor of each city may appoint one or more commissioners of noxious weeds on or before May 15 in each year. A weed commissioner shall take the official oath and the oath shall be filed in the office of the town, village or city clerk. A weed commissioner shall hold office for one year and until a successor has qualified or the town chairperson, village president or mayor determines not to appoint a weed commissioner. If more than one commissioner is appointed, the town, village or city shall be divided into districts by the officer making the appointment and each commissioner shall be assigned to a different district. The town chairperson, village president or mayor may appoint a resident of any district to serve as weed commissioner in any other district of the same town, village or city.
County weed commissioner.
A county may by resolution adopted by its county board provide for the appointment of a county weed commissioner and determine the duties, term and compensation for the county weed commissioner. When a weed commissioner has been appointed under this paragraph and has qualified, the commissioner has the powers and duties of a weed commissioner described in this section. Each town chairperson, village president or mayor may appoint one or more deputy weed commissioners, who shall work in cooperation with the county weed commissioner in the district assigned by the appointing officer.
Destruction of noxious weeds.
A weed commissioner shall investigate the existence of noxious weeds in his or her district. If a person in a district neglects to destroy noxious weeds as required under s. 66.0407 (3)
, the weed commissioner shall destroy, or have destroyed, the noxious weeds in the most economical manner. A weed commissioner may enter upon any lands that are not exempt under s. 66.0407 (5)
and cut or otherwise destroy noxious weeds without being liable to an action for trespass or any other action for damages resulting from the entry and destruction, if reasonable care is exercised.
Except as provided in sub. (2) (b)
, a weed commissioner shall receive compensation for the destruction of noxious weeds as determined by the town board, village board, or city council upon presenting to the proper treasurer the account for noxious weed destruction, verified by oath and approved by the appointing officer. The account shall specify by separate items the amount chargeable to each piece of land, describing the land, and shall, after being paid by the treasurer, be filed with the town, village, or city clerk. The clerk shall enter the amount chargeable to each tract of land in the next tax roll in a column headed “For the Destruction of Weeds", as a tax on the lands upon which the weeds were destroyed. The tax shall be collected under ch. 74
, except in case of lands which are exempt from taxation, railroad lands, or other lands for which taxes are not collected under ch. 74
. A delinquent tax may be collected as is a delinquent real property tax under chs. 74
or as is a delinquent personal property tax under ch. 74
. In case of railroad lands or other lands for which taxes are not collected under ch. 74
, the amount chargeable against these lands shall be certified by the town, village, or city clerk to the secretary of administration who shall add the amount designated to the sum due from the company owning, occupying, or controlling the lands specified. The secretary of administration shall collect the amount chargeable as prescribed in subch. I of ch. 76
and return the amount collected to the town, city, or village from which the certification was received.
For the performance of duties other than the destruction of noxious weeds, a weed commissioner shall receive compensation to be determined by the town board, village board or city council.
History: 1999 a. 150
; 2003 a. 33
Defined benefit pension plans.
A local governmental unit, as defined in s. 66.0131 (1) (a)
, may not establish a defined benefit pension plan for its employees unless the plan requires the employees to pay half of all actuarially required contributions for funding benefits under the plan and prohibits the local governmental unit from paying on behalf of an employee any of the employee's share of the actuarially required contributions.
History: 2011 a. 10
Bonus to state institution.
No appropriation or bonus, except a donation, may be made by a town, village, or city, nor municipal liability created nor tax levied, as a consideration or inducement to the state to locate any public educational, charitable, reformatory, or penal institution.