33.30 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
33.30 (3) (b) Approve a budget for the coming year. The electors and property owners may consider and vote on amendments to the budget before approving that budget. The budget shall separately identify the capital costs and the costs of operation of the district, shall conform with the applicable requirements under s. 65.90 33.29 (1) (g) and shall specify any item that has a cost to the district in excess of $10,000.
33.30 (4) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
33.30 (4) (d) Create a nonlapsible fund to finance specifically identified capital costs and for maintenance of capital equipment.
33.305 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
33.305 (2) Written notice of a special meeting shall be given to the same persons and in the same manner required under s. 33.30 (2) (a).
33.305 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
33.305 (4) No absentee ballots or proxies are permitted at a special meeting.
33.31 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
33.31 (4) At an annual or special meeting, the district may not consider or approve any borrowing or any tax to pay the indebtedness incurred under sub. (1) or (2) unless the meeting notice under s. 33.30 (2) (a) or 33.305 (2) includes a statement that borrowing or a tax levy to pay the indebtedness will be considered at the meeting.
33.32 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
33.32 (5) Sewerage system service charges imposed by districts with town sanitary district powers shall be in conformance with s. 66.0821. Special charges may be imposed for other services identified in the annual budget adopted under s. 33.30 (3) (b) shall also be collected directly by the commissioners. The special charges may not exceed the rate of $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The special charges may be certified by the district secretary to the clerk of each municipality having property within the district for collection and settlement in the same manner as provided under ch. 74. The commissioners shall allocate the charges to the property served in a manner prescribed by them unless the manner is specified by a resolution of the annual or of a special meeting. Delinquent special charges shall be governed by s. 66.0627 (4).
33.33 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
33.33 (1) Merger. Any district may be merged with a contiguous district by resolution passed by a four-fifths vote of all the members of each board of commissioners. At the next annual or special meeting, whichever occurs first, the electors and property owners shall vote on whether to ratify the merger. If a majority of the electors and property owners present and voting in each district endorse the merger, it takes effect. Following ratification, the boards of commissioners of merging districts shall act jointly until the next annual or special meeting whichever occurs first, at which time the board of the merged district shall be conformed to the requirements specified in s. 33.28. The governing body of the county, town, village or city having the largest portion by valuation within the district shall make the appointments under s. 33.28 (2). The bylaws of the larger of the merging districts apply to the newly created district.
281.68 (1m) of the statutes is amended to read:
281.68 (1m) Purposes of grants and contracts. The department shall develop and administer a financial assistance program to provide lake management planning grants and to award contracts under sub. (1t) for projects to provide information and education on the use of lakes and natural lake ecosystems and on the quality of water in lakes and the quality of natural lake ecosystems.
281.68 (1t) of the statutes is created to read:
281.68 (1t) Lake monitoring contracts. The department may award contracts to public groups or persons for the creation and support of a statewide lake monitoring network. The contracts may include payments for the costs of all of the following:
(a) Training, equipment, and supplies necessary for water quality sample collection.
(b) Handling, shipping, and laboratory analysis of water samples.
(c) Developing, maintaining, and managing a statewide database system for entering, tracking, evaluating, and reporting water quality results.
(d) Producing and distributing water quality results and reports.
281.68 (2) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
281.68 (2) (title) Amount of grants
281.68 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 281.68 (2) (a).
281.68 (2) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
281.68 (2) (b) The total amount of lake monitoring contracts for each fiscal year may not exceed 10 percent of the total amount appropriated under s. 20.370 (6) (ar).
281.68 (3) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
281.68 (3) (title) Rules for grants
281.68 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 281.68 (3) (a).
281.68 (3) (bg) of the statutes is created to read:
281.68 (3) (bg) The department shall promulgate rules for the administration of the lake monitoring contracts program, which shall specify the eligible activities and qualifications for participation in the statewide lake monitoring network.