Public Hearings on the State Budget Continue Next Week

The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), the Legislature's powerful budget writing committee, held the first of four public hearings on the 2021-23 state budget (AB 68/SB 111) on Friday last week. The League thanks Whitewater City Manager Cameron Clapper for testifying before the committee and advocating for the municipal budget priorities outlined in the League's budget comment template. Read Cameron's testimony here.

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett also testified at the hearing and underscored the need for shared revenue funding increases.

The JFC is conducting three more public hearings on the budget over the next two weeks:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander, WI
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 UW-Stout, Great Hall, Memorial Student Center  Menomonie, WI
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Virtual

Each hearing begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. Persons testifying will likely be limited to two minutes of testimony. Persons may also email comments on the state budget to the following email address:

Action Step: The League urges municipal officials to send comments to the Joint Finance Committee and your state legislators focusing on:

  • Shared Revenue
  • Local Transportation Aids
  • Payment for Municipal Services Program

  • Levy Limits

Use the state budget comment template prepared by League staff here.

Assembly Hearing on Bill Allowing Trustees to be Employed by the Village

The League is working with Rep. Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Sen. Feltzkowski to pass AB 168/SB 187, a bill allowing a member of a village board to be employed by the village and receive an hourly wage, not exceeding $15,000 each year, as a village employee. The bill mirrors a current law provision allowing town board members to be hired by the town and earn wages up to $15,000 annually.

The Assembly Committee on Local Government is holding a hearing on AB 168 this Thursday, April 15th, at 1:00 in the North Hearing room in the State Capitol. League staff will testify in support of the bill. If you have stories or examples that could inform our testimony please email Curt or Toni. Thanks.

Personal Property Aid after TIF Closure Bill Keeps Advancing

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review & Consumer Protection will hold a public hearing on SB 76, a League initiated bill making it clear that personal property aid payments being made to a TIF district transfer to the municipality and other taxing jurisdictions after the district closes. DOR interprets current law to say that the payments discontinue once a TIF district closes. The bill also, at DOR's request, clarifies that computer aid payments being made to a TIF district transfer to all of the other taxing jurisdictions when the district closes. Under current law, computer aid payments transfer to the municipality only. The bill treats computer aid and personal property aid payments made to a TID exactly the same once a district closes.

The full Assembly is planning to vote this week on the Assembly companion bill, AB 56, which was amended by the Ways and Means Committee to apply retroactively to all TIF districts that have closed since the personal property aid payments began being made in 2018.

The League thanks Rep. David Steffen (R-Howard) and Sen. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) for introducing this bill.

American Rescue Plan Resources and Latest Information

The National League of Cities maintains a webpage containing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) resources and updates here. The page includes: 


Adopt the Shared Revenue Resolution!
Thank you to the cities and villages that have adopted or have added the Shared Revenue Resolution to their agenda for consideration. If your municipality isn’t on the list, it is NOT TOO LATE to take action in support of long-term funding for police, fire, parks, etc. We provide a sample resolution > League Shared Revenue Take Action Plan

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