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66.1106(9) (9) Separate accounting required. An environmental remediation tax increment received with respect to a parcel or contiguous parcels of land that is subject to this section shall be deposited in a separate fund by the treasurer of the political subdivision. No money may be paid out of the fund except to pay eligible costs for a parcel or contiguous parcels of land or to reimburse the political subdivision for such costs. If an environmental remediation tax increment that has been collected with respect to a parcel of land remains in the fund after the period of certification has expired, it shall be paid to the treasurers of the taxing jurisdictions in which the parcel is located in proportion to the relative share of those taxing jurisdictions in the most recent levy of general property taxes on the parcel.
66.1106(10) (10) Reporting requirements; notice of district termination. A political subdivision that uses an environmental remediation tax increment to pay eligible costs of remediating environmental pollution under this section shall do all of the following:
66.1106(10)(a) (a) Prepare and make available to the public updated annual reports describing the status of all projects to remediate environmental pollution funded under this section, including revenues and expenditures. A copy of the report shall be filed with all taxing jurisdictions with authority to levy general property taxes on the parcel or contiguous parcels of property and the department of revenue by July 1 annually. The copy of the report filed with the department of revenue shall be in electronic format. The annual report shall contain at least all of the following information:
66.1106(10)(a)1. 1. The name assigned to the district.
66.1106(10)(a)2. 2. The classification of the tax incremental district as an environmental remediation tax incremental district and the scope of the project.
66.1106(10)(a)3. 3. The name of any developer who is named in a developer's agreement with the town or who receives any financial assistance from tax increments allocated for the tax incremental district.
66.1106(10)(a)4. 4. The date that the town expects the tax incremental district to terminate under sub. (11).
66.1106(10)(a)5. 5. The amount of tax increments to be deposited into a special fund for that district under sub. (9).
66.1106(10)(a)6. 6. An analysis of the special fund under sub. (9) for the district. The analysis shall include all of the following:
66.1106(10)(a)6.a. a. The balance in the special fund at the beginning of the fiscal year.
66.1106(10)(a)6.b. b. All amounts deposited in the special fund by source, including all amounts received from another tax incremental district.
66.1106(10)(a)6.c. c. An itemized list of all expenditures from the special fund by category of permissible project costs.
66.1106(10)(a)6.d. d. The balance in the special fund at the end of the fiscal year, including a breakdown of the balance by source and a breakdown of the balance identifying any portion of the balance that is required, pledged, earmarked, or otherwise designated for payment of, or securing of, obligations and anticipated project costs. Any portion of the ending balance that has not been previously identified and is not identified in the current analysis as being required, pledged, earmarked, or otherwise designated for payment of, or securing of, obligations or anticipated project costs shall be designated as surplus.
66.1106(10)(a)7. 7. The contact information of a person designated by the political subdivision to respond to questions or concerns regarding the annual report.
66.1106 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. Tax 12.60, Wis. adm. code.
66.1106(10)(b) (b) Notify the department within 10 days after the period of certification for a parcel or contiguous parcels of property has expired.
66.1106(10)(c) (c) With regard to an environmental remediation tax incremental district, not later than 12 months after the last expenditure is made or not later than 12 months after an expenditure may be made under sub. (2) (b), whichever comes first, prepare and make available to the public a report that is similar to the report required under par. (a), except that the report required under this paragraph shall also include an independent certified audit of the project to determine if all financial transactions were made in a legal manner and to determine if the environmental remediation tax incremental district complied with this section. A copy of the report shall be sent out to all taxing jurisdictions which received the reports under par. (a).
66.1106(10)(d) (d) Not later than 180 days after an environmental remediation tax incremental district terminates under sub. (11), provide the department with all of the following on a form that is prescribed by the department:
66.1106(10)(d)1. 1. A final accounting of project expenditures that are made for the environmental remediation tax incremental district.
66.1106(10)(d)2. 2. The final amount of eligible costs that have been paid for the environmental remediation tax incremental district.
66.1106(10)(d)3. 3. The total amount of environmental remediation tax increments that have been paid to the political subdivision.
66.1106(10)(e) (e) If a political subdivision does not send to the department of revenue the form specified in par. (d) within the time limit specified in par. (d), the department may not certify the environmental remediation tax incremental base of a district under sub. (4) until the form is sent to the department.
66.1106(10m) (10m) Review.
66.1106(10m)(am)(am) The department of revenue shall, by rule, designate a format for annual reports under sub. (10) (a) and shall require these reports to be filed electronically.
66.1106(10m)(b) (b) The department of revenue shall post annual reports on its official Internet site no later than 45 days after the department receives the report from the political subdivision. The department shall also post a list of political subdivisions that have not submitted an annual report to the department.
66.1106(10m)(d) (d) If an annual report is not timely filed under sub. (10) (a), the department of revenue shall notify the political subdivision that the annual report is past due. If the political subdivision does not file the report within 60 days of the date on the notice, the department shall charge the political subdivision a fee of $100 per day for each day that the report is past due, up to a maximum penalty of $6,000 per report. If the political subdivision does not pay within 30 days of issuance, the department of revenue shall reduce and withhold the amount of the shared revenue payments to the political subdivision under subch. I of ch. 79, in the following year, by an amount equal to the unpaid penalty.
66.1106(11) (11) Termination of environmental remediation tax incremental districts. An environmental remediation tax incremental district terminates when the earliest of the following occurs:
66.1106(11)(a) (a) Except as provided in sub. (2) (c), the political subdivision has received aggregate environmental remediation tax increments with respect to the district in an amount equal to the aggregate of all eligible costs.
66.1106(11)(b) (b) Twenty-three years after the department certifies the environmental remediation tax incremental base of a parcel or contiguous parcels of property under sub. (4).
66.1106(11)(c) (c) The political subdivision's legislative body, by resolution, dissolves the district. Upon dissolving the district, the political subdivision becomes liable for all unpaid eligible costs actually incurred which are not paid from the separate fund under sub. (9).
66.1106(12) (12) Notice of district termination.
66.1106(12)(a) (a) A political subdivision that creates an environmental remediation tax incremental district under this section shall give the department written notice within 10 days of the termination of the environmental remediation tax incremental district under sub. (11).
66.1106(12)(b) (b) If the department receives a notice under par. (a) during the period from January 1 to May 15, the effective date of the notice is the date the notice is received. If the notice is received during the period from May 16 to December 31, the effective date of the notice is the first January 1 after the department receives the notice.
66.1106(13) (13) Payment of eligible costs for annexed territory, redetermination of tax incremental base; fees.
66.1106(13)(a)(a) If a city or village annexes territory from a town and if the town is using an environmental remediation tax increment to remediate environmental pollution on all or part of the territory that is annexed, the city or village shall pay to the town that portion of the eligible costs that are attributable to the annexed territory. The city or village, and the town, shall negotiate an agreement on the amount that must be paid under this subsection. The department shall redetermine the environmental remediation tax incremental base of any parcel of real property for which the environmental remediation tax incremental base was determined under sub. (4) if part of that parcel is annexed under this subsection.
66.1106(13)(b) (b) The department may impose a fee of $1,000 on a political subdivision to determine or redetermine the environmental remediation tax incremental base of an environmental remediation tax incremental district under this subsection or sub. (4).
66.1106(15) (15) Sunset. No district may be created under this section on or after November 29, 2017.
66.1107 66.1107 Reinvestment neighborhoods.
66.1107(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
66.1107(1)(a) (a) An “area in need of rehabilitation" is a neighborhood or area in which buildings, by reason of age, obsolescence, inadequate or outmoded design, or physical deterioration have become economic or social liabilities, or both; in which these conditions impair the economic value of the neighborhood or area, infecting it with economic blight, and which is characterized by depreciated values, impaired investments, and reduced capacity to pay taxes; in which the existence of these conditions and the failure to rehabilitate the buildings results in a loss of population from the neighborhood or area and further deterioration, accompanied by added costs for creation of new public facilities and services elsewhere; in which it is difficult and uneconomic for individual owners independently to undertake to remedy the conditions; in which it is necessary to create, with proper safeguards, inducements and opportunities for the employment of private investment and equity capital in the rehabilitation of the buildings; and in which the presence of these buildings and conditions has resulted, among other consequences, in a severe shortage of financial resources available to finance the purchase and rehabilitation of housing and an inability or unwillingness on the part of private lenders to make loans for and an inability or unwillingness on the part of present and prospective owners of housing to invest in the purchase and rehabilitation of housing in the neighborhood or area.
66.1107(1)(b) (b) “Local legislative body" means the common council, village board of trustees or town board of supervisors.
66.1107(1)(c) (c) “Municipality" means a city, village or town.
66.1107(1)(d) (d) “Planning commission" means a plan commission created under s. 62.23 or a plan committee of the local legislative body.
66.1107(1)(e) (e) “Reinvestment neighborhood or area" means a geographic area within any municipality not less than one-half of which, by area, meets 3 of the 5 following conditions:
66.1107(1)(e)1. 1. It is an area in need of rehabilitation as defined in par. (a).
66.1107(1)(e)2. 2. It has a rate of owner-occupancy of residential buildings substantially below the average rate for the municipality as a whole.
66.1107(1)(e)3. 3. It is an area within which the market value of residential property, as measured by the rate of change during the preceding 5 years in the average sale price of residential property, has decreased or has increased at a rate substantially less than the rate of increase in average sale price of residential property in the municipality as a whole.
66.1107(1)(e)4. 4. It is an area within which the number of persons residing has decreased during the past 5 years, or in which the number of persons residing has increased during that period at a rate substantially less than the rate of population increase in the municipality as a whole.
66.1107(1)(e)5. 5. It is an area within which the effect of existing detrimental conditions is to discourage private lenders from making loans for and present or prospective property owners from investing in the purchase and rehabilitation of housing.
66.1107(2) (2) Designation of reinvestment neighborhoods or areas. A municipality may designate reinvestment neighborhoods or areas after complying with the following steps:
66.1107(2)(a) (a) Holding of a public hearing by the planning commission or by the local governing body at which interested parties are afforded a reasonable opportunity to express their views on the proposed designation and boundaries of a reinvestment neighborhood or area. Notice of the hearing shall be published as a class 2 notice, under ch. 985. Before publication, a copy of the notice shall be sent by 1st class mail to the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, and a copy shall be posted in each school building and in at least 3 other places of public assembly within the reinvestment neighborhood or area proposed to be designated.
66.1107(2)(b) (b) Designation by the planning commission of the boundaries of a reinvestment neighborhood or area recommended by it to be designated and submission of the recommendation to the local legislative body.
66.1107(2)(c) (c) Adoption by the local legislative body of a resolution which:
66.1107(2)(c)1. 1. Describes the boundaries of a reinvestment neighborhood or area with sufficient definiteness to identify with ordinary and reasonable certainty the territory included in the neighborhood or area. The boundaries may, but need not, be the same as those recommended by the planning commission.
66.1107(2)(c)2. 2. Designates the reinvestment neighborhood or area as of a date provided in the resolution.
66.1107(2)(c)3. 3. Contains findings that the area to be designated constitutes a reinvestment neighborhood or area.
66.1107 History History: 1977 c. 418; 1979 c. 361 s. 112; 1985 a. 29 s. 3200 (14); 1999 a. 150 s. 479; Stats. 1999 s. 66.1107; 2001 a. 104.
66.1108 66.1108 Limitation on weekend work.
66.1108(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
66.1108(1)(a) (a) “Construction project” means a project involving the erection, construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition, including any alteration, painting, decorating, or grading, of a private facility, including land, a building, or other infrastructure that is directly related to onsite work of a residential or commercial real estate development project.
66.1108(1)(b) (b) “Political subdivision” means a city, village, town, or county.
66.1108(2) (2) Construction projects; weekend work.
66.1108(2)(a) (a) A political subdivision may not prohibit a private person from working on the job site of a construction project on a Saturday. A political subdivision may not impose conditions that apply to a private person who works on a construction project on a Saturday that are inapplicable to, or more restrictive than the conditions that apply to, such a person who works on a construction project during weekdays.
66.1108(2)(b) (b) If a political subdivision has enacted an ordinance or adopted a resolution before April 5, 2018, that is inconsistent with par. (a), that portion of the ordinance or resolution does not apply and may not be enforced.
66.1108 History History: 2017 a. 243.
66.1109 66.1109 Business improvement districts.
66.1109(1)(1)In this section:
66.1109(1)(a) (a) “Board" means a business improvement district board appointed under sub. (3) (a).
66.1109(1)(b) (b) “Business improvement district" means an area within a municipality consisting of contiguous parcels and may include railroad rights-of-way, rivers, or highways continuously bounded by the parcels on at least one side, and shall include parcels that are contiguous to the district but that were not included in the original or amended boundaries of the district because the parcels were tax-exempt when the boundaries were determined and such parcels became taxable after the original or amended boundaries of the district were determined.
66.1109(1)(c) (c) “Chief executive officer" means a mayor, city manager, village president or town chairperson.
66.1109(1)(d) (d) “Local legislative body" means a common council, village board of trustees or town board of supervisors.
66.1109(1)(e) (e) “Municipality" means a city, village or town.
66.1109(1)(f) (f) “Operating plan" means a plan adopted or amended under this section for the development, redevelopment, maintenance, operation and promotion of a business improvement district, including all of the following:
66.1109(1)(f)1. 1. The special assessment method applicable to the business improvement district.
66.1109(1)(f)1m. 1m. Whether real property used exclusively for manufacturing purposes will be specially assessed.
66.1109(1)(f)2. 2. The kind, number and location of all proposed expenditures within the business improvement district.
66.1109(1)(f)3. 3. A description of the methods of financing all estimated expenditures and the time when related costs will be incurred.
66.1109(1)(f)4. 4. A description of how the creation of the business improvement district promotes the orderly development of the municipality, including its relationship to any municipal master plan.
66.1109(1)(f)5. 5. A legal opinion that subds. 1. to 4. have been complied with.
66.1109(1)(g) (g) “Planning commission" means a plan commission under s. 62.23, or if none a board of public land commissioners, or if none a planning committee of the local legislative body.
66.1109(2) (2)A municipality may create a business improvement district and adopt its operating plan if all of the following are met:
66.1109(2)(a) (a) An owner of real property used for commercial purposes and located in the proposed business improvement district designated under par. (b) has petitioned the municipality for creation of a business improvement district.
66.1109(2)(b) (b) The planning commission has designated a proposed business improvement district and adopted its proposed initial operating plan.
66.1109(2)(c) (c) At least 30 days before creation of the business improvement district and adoption of its initial operating plan by the municipality, the planning commission has held a public hearing on its proposed business improvement district and initial operating plan. Notice of the hearing shall be published as a class 2 notice under ch. 985. Before publication, a copy of the notice together with a copy of the proposed initial operating plan and a copy of a detail map showing the boundaries of the proposed business improvement district shall be sent by certified mail to all owners of real property within the proposed business improvement district. The notice shall state the boundaries of the proposed business improvement district and shall indicate that copies of the proposed initial operating plan are available from the planning commission on request.
66.1109(2)(d) (d) Within 30 days after the hearing under par. (c), the owners of property to be assessed under the proposed initial operating plan having a valuation equal to more than 40 percent of the valuation of all property to be assessed under the proposed initial operating plan, using the method of valuation specified in the proposed initial operating plan, or the owners of property to be assessed under the proposed initial operating plan having an assessed valuation equal to more than 40 percent of the assessed valuation of all property to be assessed under the proposed initial operating plan, have not filed a petition with the planning commission protesting the proposed business improvement district or its proposed initial operating plan.
66.1109(2)(e) (e) The local legislative body has voted to adopt the proposed initial operating plan for the municipality.
66.1109(2m) (2m)A municipality may annex territory to an existing business improvement district if all of the following are met:
66.1109(2m)(a) (a) An owner of real property used for commercial purposes and located in the territory proposed to be annexed has petitioned the municipality for annexation.
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 79 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on September 17, 2021. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 17, 2021, are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-17-21)