League Bill Fixing Personal Property
Aid Payments upon TID Closure Introduced
Last week, legislation initiated by the League making it clear that personal property aid payments made to a TIF district continue after the TID closes was introduced as Senate Bill 561. Under the bill, personal property aid payments made to a TIF district transfer to the municipality and other taxing jurisdictions after the TID is terminated. Under current law, personal property aid payments made to a TID cease upon the TID's closure.

The League worked with Senators Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) and Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Representatives Steffen (R-Howard) and Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) to draft and introduce this bill. SB 561 was referred to the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection. Sen. Stroebel chairs that committee and is a co-sponsor of the bill.

We anticipate the Assembly companion bill will be introduced shortly.
Bill Limits Municipal TIF Powers
Last week, a bill drafted by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) limiting the use of tax incremental financing was introduced as SB 560 . The League opposes this bill, which changes the voting requirements for a tax incremental district's joint review board (JRB), generally limits the amount of cash grants that a city or village may make to a developer as part of the TIF district's project costs, and requires that a tax incremental district's project plan include alternative economic projections.

The League, the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, the Wisconsin Realtors Association, and NAIOP submitted a joint memo to state legislators expressing opposition to this bill as it was being circulated for co-sponsors. Read the joint letter here.
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SB 560, Limiting the amount of cash grants a city or village may provide to a developer under a TIF Project Plan. Under the bill, cash grants may not exceed 20 percent of the total project costs of a TID, unless the grant recipient's development agreement with the city or village specifies that the developer agrees to finance the cost of all public infrastructure improvements within the proposed TID, and further agrees to receive reimbursement for these costs solely from the payment of cash grants. This bill requires the project plan to also include alternative economic projections of the TID's finances and feasibility under different economic situations, including a slower pace of development and lower rate of property value growth than expected in the TID. The bill also specifies that a majority vote of a five member Joint Review Board will generally require three affirmative votes. By Sen. Stroebel (R-Saukville). The League opposes this bill.
SB 561, Distribution of Personal Property aid Payments upon termination of a tax incremental district. The bill clarifies that following the termination of a tax incremental district the amount of personal property aid that would have been paid to the tax incremental district is distributed to the other applicable taxing jurisdictions. By Sen. Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls). The League supports this bill.

SB 504, Grants for suicide prevention programming. By Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Wednesday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. in 411 South, State Capitol. The League supports this bill.

SB 543, Grants related to preventing suicide by firearm. By Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on Wednesday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. in 411 South, State Capitol. The League supports this bill.
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