Capitol Buzz
June 8, 2021 (Corrected Version -Mass Transit Aids)
JFC Adopts Transportation Funding Plan for 2021-2023 State Budget  

Earlier this evening, the Joint Finance Committee passed on a party line vote Motion #86, the Republican transportation budget plan that includes the following items relevant to municipalities:

General Transportation Aids. The motion increases GTA funding by 2% each year of the budget. The GTA funding level for cities, villages and towns is currently $383,503,200. the motion increases that amount to $391,173,300 for 2022 and $398,996,800 for 2023. The motion also increases the per mile aid payment for towns by 2 percent each year from $2,628 to $2,681in 2022 and $2,734 in 2023.  

Mass Transit Operating Assistance. The motion cuts mass transit operating assistance by 50% in 2022 for tier A-1 (Milwaukee County Transit System) and tier A2 (Madison Transit System). The reductions to both systems total $41,341,600. Funding levels for Tier B and Tier C transit systems remain unchanged from the current year.

Local Roads Improvement Program -- Onetime Funding. The motion provides $100 million in 2021-2022 on a onetime basis to be used to fund local road projects under the Local Roads Improvement Program discretionary component to be allocated as follows: 

--$25,386,000 for cities and villages
--$35,559,100 for counties
--$39,054,900 for towns

DOR Posts Form for Requesting ARPA Funds

Earlier today, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) posted Form SL-330: Coronavirus Local Recovery Funds Request on the agency's website. This is the form municipalities with a population under 50,000 (non-entitlement units of government (NEUs)) must electronically file (e-file) with DOR to request American Rescue Plan Act – Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF).

The deadline to request LFRF is Friday, June 18, 2021 – make sure to apply for the funds today!
Read DOR’s full message on how to request funding.

DOR is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 10 from 10-11 a.m. on how to complete the Form SL-330: Coronavirus Local Recovery Funds Request. Register for the webinar here.