59.43 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.43 (2) (b) For copies of any records or papers, $2 for the first page plus $1 for each additional page, plus 25 cents $1 for the certificate of the register of deeds, except that the department of revenue is exempt from the fees under this paragraph.
59.43 (2) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.43 (2) (e) After June 30, 1991, and subject Subject to s. 59.72 (5), for filing any instrument which is entitled to be filed in the office of register of deeds and for which no other specific fee is specified, $10
$11 for the first page and $2 for each additional page.
59.43 (2) (e) of the statutes, as affected by 2001 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
59.43 (2) (e) Subject to s. 59.72 (5), for For filing any instrument which is entitled to be filed in the office of register of deeds and for which no other specific fee is specified, $11 for the first page and $2 for each additional page.
59.52 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.52 (6) (a) How acquired; purposes. Take and hold land acquired under ch. 75 and acquire, lease or rent property, real and personal, for public uses or purposes of any nature, including without limitation acquisitions for county buildings, airports, parks, recreation, highways, dam sites in parks, parkways and playgrounds, flowages, sewage and waste disposal for county institutions, lime pits for operation under s. 59.70 (24), equipment for clearing and draining land and controlling weeds for operation under s. 59.70 (18), ambulances, acquisition and transfer of real property to the state for new collegiate institutions or research facilities, and for transfer to the state for state parks, for state forests and for the other uses and purposes specified in s. 23.09 (2) (d).
59.52 (11) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.52 (11) (c) Employee insurance. Provide for individual or group hospital, surgical and life insurance for county officers and employees and for payment of premiums for such officers and employees. In addition, a A county with at least 100 employees may elect to provide health care benefits on a self-insured basis to its officers and employees, and any 2 or more counties which together have at least 100 employees may jointly provide health care benefits on a self-insured basis to officers and employees of the counties. A county and one or more cities, villages, towns, or other counties, that together have at least 100 employees, may jointly provide health care benefits to their officers and employees on a self-insured basis. Counties which elect to provide health care benefits on a self-insured basis to their officers and employees shall be subject to the requirements set forth under s. 120.13 (2) (c) to (e) and (g).
59.52 (29) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
59.52 (29) (c) If a county enacts an ordinance or adopts a resolution that authorizes preferences or set-asides to minority businesses in the awarding of a public work contract under par. (a), the ordinance or resolution shall require that the minority business be certified by the department of commerce under s. 560.036 (2).
59.54 (27) of the statutes is created to read:
59.54 (27) Religious organizations; contract powers. (a) Definition. In this subsection, "board" includes any department, as defined in s. 59.60 (2) (a).
(b) General purpose and authority. The purpose of this subsection is to allow the board to contract with, or award grants to, religious organizations, under any program administered by the county dealing with delinquency and crime prevention or the rehabilitation of offenders, on the same basis as any other nongovernmental provider, without impairing the religious character of such organizations and without diminishing the religious freedom of beneficiaries of assistance funded under such program.
(c) Nondiscrimination against religious organizations. If the board is authorized to contract with a nongovernmental entity, or is authorized to award grants to a nongovernmental entity, religious organizations are eligible, on the same basis as any other private organization, to be contractors and grantees under any program administered by the board so long as the programs are implemented consistently with the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution and article I, section 18, of the Wisconsin constitution. Except as provided in par. (L), the board may not discriminate against an organization that is or applies to be a contractor or grantee on the basis that the organization does or does not have a religious character or because of the specific religious nature of the organization.
(d) Religious character and freedom. 1. The board shall allow a religious organization with which the board contracts or to which the board awards a grant to retain its independence from government, including the organization's control over the definition, development, practice, and expression of its religious beliefs.
2. The board may not require a religious organization to alter its form of internal governance or to remove religious art, icons, scripture, or other symbols to be eligible for a contract or grant.
(e) Rights of beneficiaries of assistance. 1. If the board contracts with, or awards grants to, a religious organization for the provision of crime prevention or offender rehabilitation assistance under a program administered by the board, an individual who is eligible for this assistance shall be informed in writing that assistance of equal value and accessibility is available from a nonreligious provider upon request.
2. The board shall provide an individual who is otherwise eligible for assistance from an organization described under subd. 1. with assistance of equal value from a nonreligious provider if the individual objects to the religious character of the organization described under subd. 1. and requests assistance from a nonreligious provider. The board shall provide such assistance within a reasonable period of time after the date of the objection and shall ensure that it is accessible to the individual.
(g) Nondiscrimination against beneficiaries. A religious organization may not discriminate against an individual in regard to rendering assistance that is funded under any program administered by the board on the basis of religion, a religious belief or nonbelief, or a refusal to actively participate in a religious practice.
(h) Fiscal accountability. 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., any religious organization that contracts with or receives a grant from the board is subject to the same laws and rules as other contractors and grantees regarding accounting, in accord with generally accepted auditing principles, for the use of the funds provided under such programs.
2. If the religious organization segregates funds provided under programs administered by the board into separate accounts, only the financial assistance provided with those funds shall be subject to audit.
(i) Compliance. Any party that seeks to enforce its rights under this subsection may bring a civil action for injunctive relief against the entity that allegedly commits the violation.
(j) Limitations on use of funds for certain purposes. No funds provided directly to religious organizations by the board may be expended for sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytization.
(k) Certification of compliance. Every religious organization that contracts with or receives a grant from the county board to provide delinquency and crime prevention or offender rehabilitation services to eligible recipients shall certify in writing that it has complied with the requirements of pars. (g) and (j) and submit to the board a copy of this certification and a written description of the policies the organization has adopted to ensure that it has complied with the requirements under pars. (g) and (j).
(L) Preemption. Nothing in this subsection may be construed to preempt any other statute that prohibits or restricts the expenditure of federal or state funds by or the granting of federal or state funds to religious organizations.
59.57 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.57 (1) (b) If a county with a population of 500,000 or more appropriates money under par. (a) to fund nonprofit agencies, the county shall have a goal of expending 20% of the money appropriated for this purpose to fund a nonprofit agency that is actively managed by minority group members, as defined in s. 560.036 (1) (f), a minority business certified by the department of commerce under s. 560.036 (2) and that principally serves minority group members.
59.60 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.60 (1) Application. The provisions of this section shall apply to all counties with a population of 500,000 or more. Any Except as provided in sub. (13), any county with a county executive or county administrator may elect to be subject to the provisions of this section.
59.60 (5) (g) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.60 (5) (g) A complete summary of all the budget estimates and a statement of the property tax levy required if funds were appropriated on the basis of these estimates. In determining the property tax levy required, the director shall deduct from the total estimated expenditures the estimated amount of revenue from sources other than the property tax levy and shall deduct the amount of any surplus at the close of the preceding fiscal year not yet appropriated. The board, by two-thirds vote, may adopt a resolution before the adoption of the tax levy authorizing the use of the surplus fund in whole or in part as a sinking fund for the redemption or repurchase of bonds or to provide funds for emergency needs under sub. (9), but for no other purposes, except as provided in sub. (13).
59.60 (13) of the statutes is created to read:
59.60 (13) Tax stabilization fund. (a) Notwithstanding sub. (1), only a county with a population of at least 500,000 may create a tax stabilization fund under this subsection.
(b) The board of a county described in par. (a) may enact an ordinance creating a tax stabilization fund in the county. If such fund is created under this paragraph, the following amounts, if positive, shall be deposited into the tax stabilization fund:
1. The amount determined by subtracting the estimated nonproperty tax revenues collected by the county in the prior year from the corresponding actual receipts for the prior year, as determined by the comptroller not later than April 15 of each year.
2. The amount determined by subtracting total adjusted operating budget appropriations for the prior year from total expenditures, commitments, and reserves for the prior year, as determined by the comptroller not later than April 15 of each year.
3. Any general surplus balance as of December 31 of the prior year, as determined by the comptroller not later than April 15 of each year.
4. Any amounts included in the county's property tax levy that are designated for deposit in the fund.
(c) Subject to par. (d), the board may withdraw amounts from the tax stabilization fund, by a three-quarters vote of the members-elect, or by a majority vote of the members-elect if the county's total levy rate, as defined in s. 59.605 (1) (g), is projected by the board to increase by more than 3% in the current fiscal year and the withdrawn funds would prevent an increase of more than 3%.
(d) The tax stabilization fund may not be used to offset any of the following:
1. Any deficit that occurs between the board's total estimated nonproperty tax revenue, and the total actual nonproperty tax revenue.
2. Any deficit that occurs between total appropriations and total expenditures.
(e) If the uncommitted balance in the tax stabilization fund exceeds 5% of the current year's budget that is under the board's control, as of June 1 of the current year, any amount that exceeds that 5% shall be used to reduce the county's next property tax levy.
59.69 (4e) of the statutes is renumbered 59.69 (4e) (intro.) and amended to read:
59.69 (4e) (intro.) Migrant labor camps. The board may not enact an ordinance or adopt a resolution that interferes with any of the following:
(a) Any repair or expansion of migrant labor camps, as defined in s. 103.90 (3), that are in existence on May 12, 1992, if the repair or expansion is required by an administrative rule that is promulgated by the department of workforce development under ss. 103.90 to 103.97. An ordinance or resolution of the county that is in effect on May 12, 1992, and that is in effect on the effective date of this paragraph .... [revisor inserts date], and that interferes with any construction, repair, or expansion of existing migrant labor camps that is required by such an administrative rule is void.
59.69 (4e) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
59.69 (4e) (b) The construction of new migrant labor camps, as defined in s. 103.90 (3), that are built on or after the effective date of this paragraph .... [revisor inserts date], on property that is adjacent to a food processing plant, as defined in s. 100.03 (1) (q), or on property owned by a producer of vegetables, as defined in s. 100.03 (1) (zs), if the camp is located on or contiguous to property on which vegetables are produced or adjacent to land on which the producer resides.
59.72 (3) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.72 (3) Land information office. The board may establish a county land information office or may direct that the functions and duties of the office be performed by an existing department, board, commission, agency, institution, authority, or office. The If the board establishes a county land information office, the office shall:
59.72 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.72 (5) (a) Before the 16th day of each month a register of deeds shall submit to the land information board $6 $7 from the fee for recording the first page of each instrument that is recorded under s. 59.43 (2) (ag) 1. and (e), less any amount retained by the county under par. (b).
59.72 (5) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.72 (5) (b) (intro.) A county may retain $4 $5 of the $6 $7 submitted under par. (a) from the fee for recording the first page of each instrument that is recorded under s. 59.43 (2) (ag) 1. and (e) if all of the following conditions are met:
59.72 (5) (b) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
59.72 (5) (b) 3. The county uses the fees $4 of each $5 fee retained under this paragraph to develop, implement, and maintain the countywide plan for land records modernization, and $1 of each $5 fee retained under this paragraph to develop and maintain a computerized indexing of the county's land information records relating to housing, including the housing element of the county's land use plan under s. 66.1001 (2) (b), in a manner that would allow for greater public access via the Internet.
59.74 (2) (g) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.74 (2) (g) Every land surveyor and every officer of the department of natural resources, every officer of the department of forestry and the district attorney shall enforce this subsection.
60.10 (1) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
60.10 (1) (g) Hourly wage of certain employees. Establish the hourly wage to be paid under s. 60.37 (4) to a town employee who is also an elected town officer, unless the authority has been delegated to the town board under sub. (2) (L).
60.10 (2) (g) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.10 (2) (g) Disposal of property. Authorize the town board to dispose of town real property, real or personal, other than property donated to and required to be held by the town for a special purpose.
60.10 (2) (L) of the statutes is created to read:
60.10 (2) (L) Hourly wage of certain employees. Authorize the town board to establish the hourly wage to be paid under s. 60.37 (4) to a town employee who is also an elected town officer, other than a town board supervisor.
60.23 (25) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.23 (25) Self-insured health plans. Provide health care benefits to its officers and employees on a self-insured basis if the self-insured plan complies with ss. 631.89, 631.90, 631.93 (2), 632.746 (10) (a) 2. and (b) 2., 632.747 (3), 632.85, 632.853, 632.855, 632.87 (4) and (5), 632.895 (9) and (11) to (14) and 632.896, subject to s. 66.0137 (4).
60.323 of the statutes is amended to read:
60.323 Compensation when acting in more than one official capacity. Except for offices combined under s. 60.305, no town may compensate a town officer for acting in more than one official capacity or office of the town at the same time.
60.34 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.34 (1) (a) Receive Except as provided in s. 66.0608, receive and take charge of all money belonging to the town, or which is required by law to be paid into the town treasury, and disburse the money under s. 66.0607.
60.37 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.37 (1) General. The town board may employ on a temporary or permanent basis persons necessary to carry out the functions of town government including, subject to sub. (4), any elected officer of the town. The board may establish the qualifications and terms of employment, which may include the residency of the employee. The board may delegate the authority to hire town employees to any town official or employee.
60.37 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
60.37 (4) Elected officers serving as employees. (a) An elected town officer who also serves as a town employee may be paid an hourly wage for serving as a town employee, not exceeding a total of $5,000 each year. Amounts that are paid under this paragraph may be paid in addition to any amount that an individual receives under s. 60.32 or as a volunteer fire fighter, emergency medical technician, or first responder under s. 66.0501 (4). The $5,000 maximum in this paragraph includes amounts paid to a town board supervisor who is acting as superintendent of highways under s. 81.01 (1).
(b) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., the town meeting shall establish the hourly wage to be paid an elected town officer for serving as a town employee.
2. If authorized by the town meeting under s. 60.10 (2) (L), the town board may establish the hourly wage to be paid an elected town officer, other than a town board supervisor, for serving as a town employee.
60.47 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
60.47 (7) Minority contracting. If a town board enacts an ordinance or adopts a resolution that authorizes preferences or set-asides to minority businesses in the awarding of a public work contract under subs. (2) and (3), the ordinance or resolution shall require that the minority business be certified by the department of commerce under s. 560.036 (2).
60.77 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
60.77 (6) (a) Let contracts for any work or purchase that involves an expenditure of $5,000 $15,000 or more to the lowest responsible bidder in the manner prescribed by the commission. Section 66.0901 applies to contracts let under this paragraph.
61.26 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
61.26 (2) Receive Except as provided in s. 66.0608, receive all moneys belonging or accruing to the village or directed by law to be paid to the treasurer.
61.26 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
61.26 (3) Deposit Except as provided in s. 66.0608, deposit upon receipt the funds of the village in the name of the village in the public depository designated by the board. Failure to comply with this subsection shall be prima facie grounds for removal from office. When the money is deposited, the treasurer and bonders are not liable for the losses defined by s. 34.01 (2), and the interest shall be paid into the village treasury.
61.55 of the statutes is renumbered 61.55 (1) and amended to read:
61.55 (1) All contracts for public construction, in any such village, exceeding $15,000, shall be let by the village board to the lowest responsible bidder in accordance with s. 66.0901 insofar as said that section may be is applicable. If the estimated cost of any public construction exceeds $5,000, but is not greater than $15,000, the village board shall give a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, of the proposed construction before the contract for the construction is executed.
(2) This provision does not apply to public construction if the materials for such a project are donated or if the labor for such a project is provided by volunteers, and this provision and s. 281.41 are not mandatory for the repair and reconstruction of public facilities when damage or threatened damage thereto creates an emergency, as determined by resolution of the village board, in which the public health or welfare of the village is endangered. Whenever the village board by majority vote at a regular or special meeting declares that an emergency no longer exists, this exemption no longer applies.