2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
January 26, 2001 - Introduced by Senators Robson, Plache, Baumgart, Burke,
Cowles, Decker, Ellis, Erpenbach, Grobschmidt, Hansen, Huelsman, M.
Meyer, Moen and Roessler, cosponsored by Representatives Wieckert,
Wood, Schooff, Coggs, Kaufert, Krawczyk, Kreibich, Ladwig, Lassa, J.
Lehman, McCormick, Meyerhofer, Montgomery, Ott, Petrowski, Richards,
Ryba, Shilling, Townsend, Turner, Underheim and Vrakas. Referred to
Committee on Insurance, Tourism, and Transportation.
1An Act to amend
85.20 (4m) (a) (intro.) and 85.20 (4r) of the statutes; relating
2to: basing certain urban mass transit operating assistance payments on
3projected operating expenses.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the department of transportation (DOT) provides state aid
payments to local public bodies in urban areas served by mass transit systems to
assist the local public bodies with the expenses of operating those systems. Aid paid
for mass transit systems having annual operating expenses of $20,000,000 or more
(Tier A systems) is paid in a sum certain, while aid payable for smaller mass transit
systems is determined under a formula. Under the formula, DOT makes state aid
payments in amounts sufficient to ensure that the combination of state and federal
aids contributed toward the operating expenses of an urban mass transit system
equals the uniform percentage established by DOT for each of the two smaller classes
of mass transit system. The two smaller classes are: 1) mass transit systems serving
urban areas having a population of 50,000 or more but having annual operating
expenses of less than $20,000,000 (Tier B systems); and 2) mass transit systems
serving urban areas having a population of less than 50,000 (Tier C systems).
"Operating expenses" used in this aid formula are based on actual operating costs
from the second preceding year, with adjustments for the projected expenses of new
services, for which historical cost data is not available.
This bill deletes the requirement that annual transit aid payments for Tier B
and Tier C systems be made based on actual operating costs from the second
preceding year. The bill requires that annual state transit aid payments for Tier B
and Tier C systems be based on estimated operating costs for that year, effective with
calendar year 2001 payments. The bill also removes DOT authority to modify and
adjust projected expenses of new services.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB31, s. 1
85.20 (4m) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) (intro.) The department shall pay annually to the eligible 3
applicant described in subd. 6. cm. the amount of aid specified in subd. 6. cm. The 4
department shall pay annually to the eligible applicant described in subd. 6. d. the 5
amount of aid specified in subd. 6. d. The department shall allocate an amount to 6
each eligible applicant described in subd. 7. or 8. to ensure that the sum of state and 7
federal aids for the projected
operating expenses of each eligible applicant's urban 8
mass transit system is equal to a uniform percentage, established by the department, 9
of the projected
operating expenses of the mass transit system for the calendar year. 10For calendar year 1999, the operating expenses used to establish the uniform
11percentage shall be the projected operating expenses of an urban mass transit
12system. Subject to sub. (4r), for calendar year 2000 and thereafter the operating
13expenses used to establish the uniform percentage shall be the operating expenses
14incurred during the 2nd calendar year preceding the calendar year for which aid is
15paid under this section.
The department shall make allocations as follows:
SB31, s. 2
85.20 (4r) of the statutes is amended to read:
85.20 (4r) Expansion of service.
An eligible applicant shall notify the 18
department if the eligible applicant anticipates receiving new or expanded services 19
provided by an urban mass transit system in a manner that will increase operating
expenses. The eligible applicant shall provide the notice during the calendar year 2
preceding the calendar year in which the new or expanded services will first be 3
provided. The notice shall include an estimate of the projected annual operating 4
expenses of the new or expanded services. The department may modify the projected
5annual operating expenses to an amount that the department considers reasonable.
6The department shall adjust the projected annual operating expenses for inflation
7and, for each calendar year for which actual operating costs of the new or expanded
8services are not known, shall add the adjusted projected annual operating expenses
9to the operating expenses used to determine the uniform percentage under sub. (4m)
(1) This act first applies to contracts for aid payable for calendar year 2001.