59.715 (intro.) and (1) to (10) of the statutes are renumbered 59.52 (4) (a) (intro.) and 1. to 10., and 59.52 (4) (a) (intro.), 1. to 7., 9. and 10., as renumbered, are amended to read:
59.52 (4) (a) Destruction of obsolete county records. (intro.) Whenever necessary to gain needed vault and filing space, county or court officers and the custodian of the records of all courts of record in the state may, subject to ss. 59.716 and 59.717 pars. (b) and (c), destroy obsolete records in their custody as follows:
1. Notices of tax apportionment that are received from the secretary of state, after 3 years.
2. Copies of notices of tax apportionment that are sent to local taxing districts by the county clerk, after 3 years.
3. Records of bounty claims that are forwarded to the department of natural resources, after one year.
4. Lists of town, city and village officers of a municipality that are certified to the county clerk by the town, city and village municipal clerks, after the date of the expiration of the term listed.
5. Crop reports made that are submitted to the county clerk by the local assessors, after 3 years.
6. Illegal tax certificates that are charged back to local taxing districts, 3 years after the date of charging back the same such certificates.
7. Notices of application for the taking of tax deeds and certificates of nonoccupancy, proofs of service and tax certificates that are filed with the county clerk in connection with the taking of tax deeds, after 15 years.
9. Claims that are paid by the county, and papers supporting such claims, after 7 years.
10. Contracts, notices of taking bids, and insurance policies to which the county is a party, 7 years after the last effective day thereof.
59.715 (12) and (14) of the statutes are renumbered 59.52 (4) (a) 11. and 12. and amended to read:
59.52 (4) (a) 11. Reports of town treasurers that are submitted to the county clerk on dog licenses sold and records of dog licenses issued, after 3 years.
12. County The clerk's copies of all receipts that are issued by the county treasurer, 4 years or until after being competently audited, whichever date is earlier.
59.715 (15) to (19) and (21) to (23) of the statutes are renumbered 59.52 (4) (a) 13. to 20., and 59.52 (4) (a) 13., 15. and 17. to 20., as renumbered, are amended to read:
59.52 (4) (a) 13. Copies of notices that are given by the county clerk to the town assessors setting out lands owned by the county and lands sold by the county, after 3 years.
15. All other receipts of the county treasurer, after 7 years.
17. Oaths of office, after 7 years.
18. Case records and other record material of all public assistance that are kept as required under ch. 49, if no payments have been made for at least 3 years and if a face sheet or similar record of each case and a financial record of all payments for each aid account are preserved in accordance with rules adopted by the department of health and family services. If the department of health and family services has preserved such case records and other record material on computer disc or tape or similar device, a county may destroy the original records and record material under rules adopted by the department.
19. After 10 years marriage Marriage license applications and records and papers pertaining to the applications, including antenuptial physical examinations and test certificates, consents of parent or guardian for marriage and orders of the court waiving the waiting period, after 10 years.
20. Books in the office of the register of deeds in counties having with a population of 500,000 or more containing copies of deeds, mortgages, other miscellaneous documents and military discharges that are authorized by law to be recorded in the office if the records first shall be photographed or microphotographed and preserved in accordance with ch. 228.
59.716 (intro.) and (1) to (3) of the statutes are renumbered 59.52 (4) (b) (intro.) and 1. to 3., and 59.42 (4) (b) (intro.), 1. and 3., as renumbered, are amended to read:
59.52 (4) (b) Transfer of obsolete county records. (intro.) Prior to Before the destruction of public records under s. 59.715 par. (a), the proper officers in counties with a population of less than 500,000 shall make a written offer to the historical society under s. 44.09 (1). If the offer is accepted by the society within 60 days, the officers shall transfer title to noncurrent records in their custody as follows:
1. Original papers, resolutions and reports that are connected with county board proceedings.
3. Original minutes of the county board.
59.717 (intro.), (1), (2) and (4) of the statutes are renumbered 59.52 (4) (c) (intro.) and 1. to 3., and 59.52 (4) (c) (intro.), 1. and 3., as renumbered, are amended to read:
59.52 (4) (c) Destruction of county records, when. (intro.) If title is not accepted by the historical society within 60 days after a written offer is made under s. 59.716 par. (b), county officers in counties with a population of less than 500,000 may destroy records as follows:
1. Original papers, resolutions and reports appearing in county board proceedings, 6 years following the date of first publication of the same in the official proceedings of the board.
3. No assessment roll containing that contains forest crop acreage may be destroyed without the prior approval of the secretary of revenue.
59.72 of the statutes is renumbered 59.47 and amended to read:
59.47 County auditors; powers; duties. (1) In every county the county clerk shall act as auditor, unless a separate office of county auditor is created as provided in sub. (2), and, when directed by resolution of the county board, shall examine the books and accounts of any county officer, board, commission, committee, trustees or other officer or employe entrusted with the receipt, custody or expenditure of money, or by or on whose certificate any funds appropriated by the county board are authorized to be expended, whether compensated for services by fees or by salary, and all original bills and vouchers on which moneys have been paid out and all receipts of moneys received by them. The clerk shall have free access to such books, accounts, bills, vouchers and receipts as often as may be necessary to perform the duties required under this subsection and he or she shall report in writing the results of the examinations to the county board.
(2) The county board by resolution may create a separate office of county auditor and may fix the compensation of such the auditor. The auditor shall perform the duties and have all of the powers conferred upon the
county clerk as auditor by sub. (1), and shall perform such additional duties and shall have such additional powers as are imposed and conferred upon him or her from time to time by resolution adopted by the board.
(3) If a county auditor's office is created under sub. (1) (2), the chairperson of the
county board shall appoint a person known to be skilled in matters of public finance and accounting to act as county auditor. The appointment shall be made under ss. 63.01 to 63.17 and shall be subject to confirmation by the county board. The auditor shall direct the keeping of all of the accounts of the county, in all of its offices, departments and institutions, and shall keep books of account necessary to properly perform the duties of the office. The auditor's salary and the amount of the official bond shall be fixed by the county board. The auditor shall perform all duties pertaining to the office, have all of the powers and perform the duties in sub. (1) and perform other duties imposed by the county board.
(4) The county board by resolution may authorize a county auditor appointed under sub. (3) to appoint a deputy auditor under ss. 63.01 to 63.17 to aid him or her in the discharge of the duties of his or her office, and who, in the absence or disability of the county auditor, or in case of a vacancy in said office, shall perform all the duties of the office of county auditor until such vacancy is filled, or disability is removed. Such deputy shall execute and file an official bond in the same amount as that given by the county auditor.
59.73 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
59.73 (title) Surveys; expressing bearings, subdividing sections.
59.73 of the statutes is renumbered 59.61 (1) and amended to read:
59.61 (1) Receipts and deposits of money; accounts. Every county officer and employe and every board, commission or other body that collects or receives moneys money for or in behalf of the county, shall:
(a) Give such receipts therefor and file such duplicates thereof with the county clerk and county treasurer as the county board directs.
(b) Keep books of account and enter therein accurately in the books from day to day with ample description, the items of that person's or that body's official service, and the fees therefor.
(c) Pay all such moneys money into the county treasury at such the time as that is prescribed by law, or if not so prescribed daily or at such the intervals as that are prescribed by the county board.
(d) Perform all other duties in connection therewith that are prescribed by or pursuant to required by law.
59.74 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
59.74 (title) Perpetuation of section corners, landmarks.
59.74 of the statutes is renumbered 59.61 (2) and amended to read:
59.61 (2) Depositories; designation. (a) The county board of each county having a population of 200,000 or more shall designate 2 or more, and in other counties the county board, or when the occasion arises and the county board is not in session, then a committee of the board which has been authorized to do so shall designate one or more credit unions, banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, or trust companies organized and doing business under the laws of this state or federal law, located in this state, as county depositories, one or more of which shall be designated as working credit unions, savings banks, savings and loan associations or banks, all deposits in which shall be active deposits.
(b) In addition to the depositories specified in sub. (1) par. (a), the local government pooled-investment fund may be designated as a depository for investment purposes.
59.75 of the statutes is renumbered 59.61 (3) and amended to read:
59.61 (3) Funds to be placed in depositories; reports; cash balance. (a) Whenever any county
a board has designated a county depository under s. 59.74
sub. (2), the county treasurer shall deposit therein as soon as received all funds that come to the treasurer's hands in that capacity in excess of the sum the treasurer is authorized by the board to retain. Any sum on deposit shall be deemed considered to be in the county treasury, and the treasurer shall not be liable for any loss thereon resulting from the failure or default of such depository. The county board, a committee of the county board designated by it or the county treasurer acting under s. 59.20 (14) 59.25 (3) (s) may invest any funds that come into the county treasurer's hands in excess of the sum the treasurer is authorized by the county board to retain for immediate use in the name of the county in the local government pooled-investment fund, in interest-bearing bonds of the United States or of any county or municipality in the state or in any other investment authorized by statute. The board, committee or the county treasurer acting under s. 59.20 (14) 59.25 (3) (s) may sell such securities when deemed considered advisable.
(b) Every such depository shall on the first business day of each month, and oftener more often when required, file with the county clerk a statement of the amount of county money deposited with it during the preceding month, and the treasurer shall at the same time file with such clerk a statement showing the amount of moneys received and disbursed by the treasurer during the previous month.
(c) The county board may fix the amount of money which may be retained by the treasurer but in no case shall the sum exceed $3,000; provided, that in all counties having a population of 200,000 or more inhabitants or over, the treasurer may retain such sum as may be fixed by the county board.
(d) Such treasurer and clerk, whenever the cash balance does not amount to the sum authorized by the county board to be retained, may increase it to such amount by their check on the county depository or depositories in favor of such treasurer.
59.76 of the statutes is renumbered 59.07 and amended to read:
59.07 Claims against counties; actions on. (1) No action may be brought or maintained against a county upon a claim or upon a cause of action unless the claimant complies with s. 893.80.
(2) No action may be brought or maintained against a county, for disclosure of information that is received under s. 342.20 (3) and maintained under s. 342.20 (4) or that is received under s. 30.572 (4) and maintained under s. 30.572 (5).
59.77 (title), (1) to (4) and (6) to (8) of the statutes are renumbered 59.64 (1) (title) and (a) to (g) and amended to read:
59.64 (1) Claims, how made; procedure. (a) In general. Every person, except jurors, witnesses and interpreters, and except physicians or other persons who are entitled to receive from the county fees for reporting to the register of deeds births or deaths, which have occurred under their care, having any claim against any county shall comply with s. 893.80.
(b) Of court officers, certified by district attorney. No claim for official services, in any criminal action or proceeding before a judge, shall be allowed by any county board until the same has been examined and a written report made thereon by the district attorney of the proper county as required by sub. (4) par. (d); nor shall the claim of any sheriff, undersheriff, deputy sheriff, constable or other such officer for the services or expenses of an assistant in making an arrest or commitment be allowed unless the judge before whom the prisoner is brought certifies that there was a necessity for such assistance because of the dangerous character of the defendant or because 2 or more persons were arrested at the same time.
(c) Of judicial officers. Court commissioners shall, on or before the first Monday of November in each year, forward to the county clerk of their respective counties a correct statement of all actions or proceedings had before them, during the year next immediately preceding year, in which the county shall have become became liable for costs, giving the names of the parties in each action or proceeding, the nature and result of the same, the amount of costs in detail in each case, and what items, if any, have been paid and the amount thereof. The county clerk shall file such statements in his or her office. Any such officer who neglects to make and return such statements within the time prescribed in this subsection paragraph shall not receive any compensation from the county for any service rendered by him or her in any criminal case or proceeding during the year next preceding the time when the statement is required to be made and returned.
(d) Of court officers; certification; audit by district attorney; waiver. Fees of officers, in any action or proceeding before a court commissioner, shall be certified to and allowed by the county board in the manner following, and in no other way manner:
1. At least 10 days before the annual meeting of the board every such officer shall make and file with the county clerk a certified statement of all actions or proceedings had or tried before him or her in which the state was a party, and wherein the county has become became liable for the fees of officers, within the year next preceding the date of the statement, showing the title and nature of the action or examination, date of trial, the names of all officers, who actually attended court and gave in a statement of their attendance and travel; and also such on the part of the defendant as were allowed against the county, and the amount to which they are severally entitled. The statement shall be substantially in the following form:
State of Wisconsin
In .... Court
Complaint for ....
Before ...., .... Judge.
Heard the .... day of ...., 19..
To the County Board of .... County:
I hereby certify that in the foregoing entitled action the following named persons rendered services therein, and attended before me in the capacity stated, and that they are severally entitled to the amounts specified below for the services, attendance and travel, and that the services were actually and necessarily rendered, and said action was prosecuted in good faith:
A.B. (constable or sheriff), actually and necessarily traveled in serving the .... herein, .... miles, and attended court .... days, and is entitled to .... dollars for other just and lawful services in the cause, and in all is entitled to .... dollars.
Dated this .... day of ...., 19..
2. The county clerk shall deliver such statement to the district attorney, who shall examine the same and make a report in writing thereon to the county board, specifying the items in each for which the county is or is not liable, and the extent of its liability if it is liable for a part only of any such item. Such statement and report shall be laid before the county board by the county clerk and insofar as the items charged therein are approved by the district attorney such statement shall be prima facie evidence of the claims of the persons named therein; and the board shall examine the same and allow such as are legal, and direct that orders be drawn for the amount allowed to each person named therein. If any person in whose favor any such order is drawn shall not call for the same within two 2 years from the time the claim is allowed the person's right to any compensation for services shall be deemed considered waived and the
county board shall cancel such order.
(e) Fees for statements and certificates. Every court commissioner shall receive from the county treasurer $1 per page for making statements and returns required by sub. (3) par. (c) and $1 for making each certificate required by sub. (4) par. (d). All such statements and certificates shall be transmitted to the county clerk by certified mail and for transmitting the statements and certificates the court commissioner shall receive $1.
(f) Court commissioners. The county board at any session thereof, either an adjourned or a special session, may as provided in sub. (4) (b) par. (d) 2. examine and allow any statement, account or claim of any court commissioner which is on file with the county clerk before the opening of the session of the county board.
(g) Payment of juror, witness, interpreter, attorney, guardian ad litem and transcript fees; penalty. If a county is liable for juror fees or for witness, interpreter, attorney, guardian ad litem or transcript fees which are on the part of the state or of the defendant in any action or proceeding before a judge of the circuit court or before the medical examiner of such the county, the procedure to secure payment of such the fees shall be as follows:
1. The clerk of the respective court, the register of probate, or the medical examiner as the case may be shall issue to such the person an order directing the county treasurer to make payment of such the fee. Said The order shall state the name of the person to whom payable, the time served, the number of miles traveled by the person, and the amount of compensation to which the person is entitled, together with the title of the action in which such the person so served, the capacity in which the person served and the date or dates of service, or in case of transcript fees, the title of the action and the dates on which the testimony for such the transcript was taken.
2. The person to whom such the certificate or order is issued shall be required to indorse the same endorse it prior to receiving payment and thereby indicate that he or she is the person mentioned therein in the certificate or order, that the number of miles traveled and the capacity in which he or she served and the work which he or she performed is true and correct as stated and that he or she has not at any time received any compensation therefor.
3. Upon presentation of such the certificate or order properly signed and endorsed, the county treasurer shall pay to the holder, upon surrender thereof of the certificate or order, the amount therein set forth in the certificate or order, and such the order or certificate shall thereafter in all other respects be handled by said the treasurer in the same manner as all other county orders drawn upon him or her are handled.
4. Any judge or court commissioner, juror, witness, interpreter, attorney, guardian ad litem or recipient of transcript fees who makes, signs or indorses endorses any such certificate or order which is untrue in respect to anything material, which he or she knows to be false, or which he or she has not does not have good reason to believe is true, shall be punished as provided in s. 946.12.
59.78 of the statutes is renumbered 59.64 (2) and amended to read:
59.64 (2) Special counties; classification of claims. In counties containing with a population of more than three hundred thousand 300,000, the county auditor shall classify all such claims according to the budgetary funds provided for in s. 59.84 59.60, against which they are chargeable, before such claims are laid before such board. The county auditor shall then submit with the claims chargeable against each fund, a statement of the balance in such fund against which no county orders have been issued. If such balance in any fund is less than the total of the claims chargeable against such fund, the auditor shall call the attention of the board to that fact, and such board shall not issue county orders in excess of such balance without previously appropriating to such fund an additional sum at least sufficient to cover such orders. If any claims or claim shall be are for a purpose for which no specific appropriation has been made in the budget, such claim or claims shall be considered as chargeable against the contingent fund. When the county auditor countersigns any order on the county treasurer for the payment of a claim allowed the auditor shall charge such order against the fund appropriated for that purpose.
Subchapter VIII (title) of chapter 59 [precedes 59.79] of the statutes is created to read:
59.79 of the statutes is renumbered 59.64 (3) and amended to read:
59.64 (3) Action on claims by board. The county clerk shall, on the first day of any meeting of the county board, lay before said board all such claims, statements of which have been filed in the clerk's office since the last meeting of such board, with a schedule of the same showing the amount thereof and the order in which the same were filed; and the county board shall act upon all such claims before the adjournment of the next annual session of such board after such statements were filed with the clerk, and shall examine and allow or disallow the same in whole or in part unless withdrawn by leave of the board; and in case of the disallowance of a part of an account or other claim composed of separate items the board shall designate particularly each item disallowed; and when the amount allowed for any claim shall have been accepted and received by the claimant, and no action shall be brought to recover the remainder thereof, no further sum shall thereafter be allowed or paid thereon by the county board. The county board, or a committee thereof of the board, for the purpose of ascertaining the facts in relation to any claim presented for their
the board's or committee's exemption and allowance, may take such testimony as they may deem it considers necessary.
59.79 (intro.) of the statutes is created to read:
59.79 Milwaukee County. (intro.) In a county having with a population of 500,000 or more, the board may: