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When any town has established a system of civil service, the ordinance establishing the system may not be repealed for a period of 6 years after its enactment, and after the 6-year period it may be repealed only by proceedings under s. 9.20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.
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
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.
Payments for abortions restricted.
No city, village, town, long-term care district under s. 46.2895
or agency or subdivision of a city, village or town may authorize funds for or pay to a physician or surgeon or a hospital, clinic or other medical facility for the performance of an abortion except those permitted under and which are performed in accordance with s. 20.927
Payments for abortion-related activity restricted.
No city, village, town, long-term care district under s. 46.2895
or agency or subdivision of a city, village or town may authorize payment of funds for a grant, subsidy or other funding involving a pregnancy program, project or service if s. 20.9275 (2)
applies to the pregnancy program, project or service.
Celebration of holidays.
A town, county, school board, or school district may appropriate money for the purpose of initiating or participating in appropriate celebrations of any legal holiday listed in s. 995.20
“Debt service" includes debt service on debt issued or reissued to fund or refund outstanding municipal or county obligations, interest on outstanding municipal or county obligations, and related issuance costs and redemption premiums.
“Joint emergency medical services district” means a joint emergency medical services district organized by any combination of 2 or more cities, villages, or towns under s. 66.0301 (2)
“Penalized excess" means the levy, in an amount that is at least $500 over the limit under sub. (2)
for the political subdivision, not including any amount that is excepted from the limit under subs. (3)
, and (5)
“Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
“Valuation factor" means a percentage equal to the greater of either the percentage change in the political subdivision's January 1 equalized value due to new construction less improvements removed between the previous year and the current or zero percent.
Except as provided in subs. (3)
, and (5)
, no political subdivision may increase its levy in any year by a percentage that exceeds the political subdivision's valuation factor. Except as provided in par. (b)
, the base amount in any year, to which the limit under this section applies, shall be the actual levy for the immediately preceding year. In determining its levy in any year, a city, village, or town shall subtract any tax increment that is calculated under s. 59.57 (3) (a)
, 60.85 (1) (L)
, or 66.1105 (2) (i)
. The base amount in any year, to which the limit under this section applies, may not include any amount to which sub. (3) (e) 8.
For purposes of par. (a)
, in 2018, and in each year thereafter, the base amount to which the limit under this section applies is the actual levy for the immediately preceding year, plus the amount of the payment under s. 79.096
, and the levy limit is the base amount multiplied by the valuation factor, minus the amount of the payment under s. 79.096
, except that the adjustments for payments received under s. 79.096
do not apply to payments received under s. 79.096 (3)
for a tax incremental district that has been terminated.
If a political subdivision's levy for the payment of any general obligation debt service, including debt service on debt issued or reissued to fund or refund outstanding obligations of the political subdivision and interest on outstanding obligations of the political subdivision, on debt originally issued before July 1, 2005, is less in the current year than it was in the previous year, the political subdivision shall reduce its levy limit in the current year by an amount equal to the amount that its levy was reduced as described in this subsection.
In this paragraph, “
covered service" means garbage collection, fire protection, snow plowing, street sweeping, or storm water management, except that garbage collection may not be a covered service for any political subdivision that owned and operated a landfill on January 1, 2013. With regard to fire protection, “covered service” does not include the production, storage, transmission, sale and delivery, or furnishing of water for public fire protection purposes.
Except as provided in subd. 4.
, if a political subdivision receives revenues that are designated to pay for a covered service that was funded in 2013 by the levy of the political subdivision, the political subdivision shall reduce its levy limit in the current year by an amount equal to the estimated amount of fee revenue collected for providing the covered service, less any previous reductions made under this subdivision, not to exceed the amount funded in 2013 by the levy of the political subdivision.
Except as provided in subd. 4.
, if a political subdivision receives payments in lieu of taxes that are designated to pay for a covered service that was funded in 2013 by the levy of the political subdivision, the political subdivision shall reduce its levy limit in the current year by the estimated amount of payments in lieu of taxes received by the political subdivision to pay for the covered service, less any previous reductions made under this subdivision, not to exceed the amount funded in 2013 by the levy of the political subdivision.
The requirement under subd. 2.
does not apply if the governing body of the political subdivision adopts a resolution that the levy limit should not be reduced and if the resolution is approved in a referendum. The procedure under sub. (4)
applies to a referendum under this subdivision, except that the resolution and referendum question need not specify an amount of increase in the levy limit or the length of time for which the levy limit increase will apply.
If a political subdivision transfers to another governmental unit responsibility for providing any service that the political subdivision provided in the preceding year, the levy increase limit otherwise applicable under this section to the political subdivision in the current year is decreased to reflect the cost that the political subdivision would have incurred to provide that service, as determined by the department of revenue.
If a political subdivision increases the services that it provides by adding responsibility for providing a service transferred to it from another governmental unit that provided the service in the preceding year, the levy increase limit otherwise applicable under this section to the political subdivision in the current year is increased to reflect the cost of that service, as determined by the department of revenue.
If a city or village annexes territory from a town, the city's or village's levy increase limit otherwise applicable under this section is increased in the current year by an amount equal to the town levy on the annexed territory in the preceding year and the levy increase limit otherwise applicable under this section in the current year for the town from which the territory is annexed is decreased by that same amount, as determined by the department of revenue.
If the amount of debt service for a political subdivision in the preceding year is less than the amount of debt service needed in the current year, as a result of the political subdivision adopting a resolution before July 1, 2005, authorizing the issuance of debt, the levy increase limit otherwise applicable under this section to the political subdivision in the current year is increased by the difference between these 2 amounts, as determined by the department of revenue.
The limit otherwise applicable under this section does not apply to amounts levied by a political subdivision for the payment of any general obligation debt service, including debt service on debt issued or reissued to fund or refund outstanding obligations of the political subdivision, interest on outstanding obligations of the political subdivision, or the payment of related issuance costs or redemption premiums, authorized on or after July 1, 2005, and secured by the full faith and credit of the political subdivision.
The limit otherwise applicable under this section does not apply to amounts levied by a county having a population of 750,000 or more for the payment of debt service on appropriation bonds issued under s. 59.85
, including debt service on appropriation bonds issued to fund or refund outstanding appropriation bonds of the county, to pay related issuance costs or redemption premiums, or to make payments with respect to agreements or ancillary arrangements authorized under s. 59.86