2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
November 10, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives M. Lehman, Wieckert,
Nischke, Olsen, Boyle, Krawczyk, Kreibich, Musser, Gunderson, Van Roy,
Ladwig, Townsend, Hundertmark, Lothian, Hines, Gottlieb, Underheim,
Albers, Balow, Freese, Gielow, Hahn, Huber, Hebl, F. Lasee, Loeffelholz,
McCormick, Jeskewitz, Ott, Petrowski, Steinbrink, Stone, Van Akkeren,
Vrakas, Weber, J. Wood
and Staskunas, cosponsored by Senators Stepp,
Kanavas, Darling, Leibham, Jauch, A. Lasee, Wirch, Roessler, Schultz,
Brown, Kedzie, Hansen, S. Fitzgerald, M. Meyer, Zien
and Robson. Referred
to Committee on Ways and Means.
AB654,2,3 1An Act to repeal 66.1105 (2) (f) 3., 66.1105 (4) (h) 3., 66.1105 (6) (a) 3. and 66.1105
2(6) (e) 2.; to amend 66.1105 (2) (f) 1. i., 66.1105 (4) (e), 66.1105 (4) (gm) 1.,
366.1105 (4) (gm) 4. a., 66.1105 (4) (gm) 4. c., 66.1105 (4) (h) 1., 66.1105 (4) (h) 2.,
466.1105 (4m) (a), 66.1105 (4m) (b) 2., 66.1105 (4m) (b) 2m., 66.1105 (5) (a),
566.1105 (5) (b), 66.1105 (5) (c), 66.1105 (5) (ce), 66.1105 (5) (d), 66.1105 (6) (a)
64., 66.1105 (6) (c), 66.1105 (7) (a), 66.1105 (7) (ar), 66.1105 (8) (title) and 66.1105
7(8) (a); to repeal and recreate 66.1105 (6) (am) 1. and 66.1105 (7) (am); to
59.57 (3), 66.1105 (2) (cm), 66.1105 (2) (f) 2. d., 66.1105 (3) (g), 66.1105
9(4) (gm) 6., 66.1105 (4m) (ae), 66.1105 (4m) (am), 66.1105 (4m) (b) 4., 66.1105
10(6) (a) 7., 66.1105 (6) (a) 8., 66.1105 (6) (e) 1. d., 66.1105 (6) (f), 66.1105 (8) (c),
1166.1105 (8) (d), 66.1105 (15) and 66.1106 (13) of the statutes; and to affect Laws
12of 1975, chapter 105, section 1 (1) and (2); relating to: making technical and
13policy changes in the tax incremental financing program based in part on the
14recommendations of the governor's December 2000 working group on tax

1incremental finance, authorizing certain counties to create tax incremental
2financing districts, and making a modification to the environmental
3remediation tax incremental financing program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under the current tax incremental financing (TIF) program, a city or village
may create a tax incremental district (TID) in part of its territory to foster
development if at least 50 percent of the area to be included in the TID is blighted,
in need of rehabilitation, or suitable for industrial sites. Before a city or village may
create a TID, several steps and plans are required. These steps and plans include
public hearings on the proposed TID within specified time frames, preparation and
adoption by the local planning commission of a proposed project plan for the TID,
approval of the proposed project plan by the common council or village board, and
adoption of a resolution by the common council or village board that creates the
district as of a date provided in the resolution. Another step that must be taken
before a TID may be created is the creation by the city or village of a joint review
board to review the proposal. The joint review board, which is made up of
representatives of the overlying taxing jurisdictions of the proposed TID, must
approve the project plan within specified time frames or the TID may not be created.
If an existing TID project plan is amended by a planning commission, all of these
steps are also required.
Once these steps are accomplished, the city or village clerk is required to
complete certain forms and an application and submit the documents to the
Department of Revenue (DOR) on or before December 31 of the year in which the TID
is created. Upon receipt of the application, DOR is required to determine the full
aggregate value of the taxable property, and of certain city or village owned property,
that lies within the TID.
Once the aggregate value is determined, DOR certifies the "tax incremental
base" of the TID, which is the equalized value of all taxable property within the TID
at the time of its creation. If development in the TID increases the value of the
property in the TID above the base value, a "value increment" is created. That
portion of taxes collected on the value increment is called a "tax increment." The tax
increment is placed in a special fund that may only be used to pay back the project
costs of the TID. The project costs of a TID, which are initially incurred by the
creating city or village, include public works such as sewers, streets, and lighting
systems; financing costs; site preparation costs; and professional service costs. DOR
authorizes the allocation of the tax increments until the TID terminates or 23 years,
or 27 years in certain cases, after the TID is created, whichever is sooner. Under
current law, TIDs are required to terminate, with one exception, once these costs are
paid back, 16 years, or 20 years in certain cases, after the last expenditure identified
in the project plan is made, or when the creating city or village dissolves the TID,
whichever occurs first. Under the exception, which is limited to certain

circumstances, after a TID pays off its project costs, but not later the date on which
it must otherwise terminate, the planning commission may allocate positive tax
increments generated by the TID (the "donor" TID) to another TID that has been
created by the planning commission.
This bill makes a number of technical and substantive changes to the TIF
program. Among the technical changes, the bill does the following:
1. Prohibits DOR from certifying a tax incremental base of a TID until DOR
reviews and approves the findings submitted by the city or village relating to the
equalized value of taxable property in the TID and the equalized value of all of the
taxable property in the city or village.
2. Allows a representative from a union high school district and a
representative from an elementary school district to each have one-half vote on a
joint review board.
3. Changes from 10 days to 60 days the time period in which a city or village
must notify DOR of a TID's termination.
4. Requires a city or village to provide DOR with a final accounting of TID
project expenditures, project costs, and positive tax increments received. If the city
or village does not provide this information to DOR within the time period agreed on
by the city or village and DOR, DOR may not certify the tax incremental base of any
other TID in the city or village.
Among the substantive changes, the bill does the following:
1. Authorizes a city or village to create a TID if at least 50 percent of the area
to be included in the TID is a "mixed-use development," which is defined as a
development that contains a combination of industrial, commercial, and residential
uses and in which the newly platted residential portion consists of no more than 35
percent, by area, of the real property within the district.
2. Authorizes a county that is not included in a metropolitan statistical area
to create a TID in a town, if the town board agrees, if all contiguous cities and villages
agree, and if the town and such cities and villages enter into a cooperative plan
boundary agreement.
3. Specifies that, generally, the public schools representative to a TID's joint
review board is the school board president or the president's designee; that the
county representative is the county executive if there is one, or the county board
chair, or the executive's or board chair's designee; that the city or village
representative is the mayor or village board president, or a designee; that for a TID
created by a county in a town, the town chooses a representative; and that the
technical college representative is the director or the director's designee.
4. Repeals a provision which currently prohibits the inclusion, as project costs,
of expenditures or monetary obligations for newly platted residential development
of a TID for which a project plan is approved after September 30, 1995.
5. Changes the limits on how much of a city's or village's equalized value may
be contained within a TID, although the limit does not apply if a city or village
subtracts territory from a TID.
6. Allows TIDs to make expenditures for project costs at any time up to two
years before the TID's mandatory termination date. Currently, in general, TIDs may

make expenditures only for seven or ten years after the TID is created, depending
on whether the TID was created after September 30, 1995, or before October 1, 1995.
7. Extends from 23 years to 27 years the maximum life of a "blighted area" or
"rehabilitation or conservation" TID, and reduces from 23 years to 20 years the
maximum life of an "industrial site" or "mixed-use development" TID. In the 18th
year of an industrial or mixed use TID's life, however, the creating city or village may
ask the joint review board to extend the TID's life for five years. The city or village
may provide the joint review board with an independent audit that demonstrates
that the district is unable to pay off its costs within its original 20 year life span. The
joint review board may choose to approve or deny a request to extend a TID's life for
five years but, if accompanied by an audit, the board must approve a request for a
five-year extension.
8. Changes the period during which DOR may allocate positive tax increments
for TIDs created on or after the effective date of the bill, from 23 years to 20 years
after a TID's creation if the TID is classified as a mixed-use development or
industrial TID, and from 23 to 27 years after a TID's creation if the TID is classified
as a blighted area or rehabilitation or conservation TID.
9. Authorizes a TID's project plan to be amended at any time during the TID's
life, up to four times, to allow the addition or subtraction of territory from the TID.
Currently, a TID's project plan may only be so amended once, and only during the
TID's first seven years of existence.
10. Requires that before a "donor" TID may transfer positive tax increments
to another TID, it must demonstrate that it has sufficient revenues to pay for all
incurred project costs and surplus revenues to pay for some of the "donee" TID's
eligible costs. Under current law, the "donor" TID need only have sufficient revenues
to pay costs that are due in the current year.
11. Subject to joint review board approval, allows a TID that has not otherwise
reached its mandatory termination date, to share its positive tax increments with
certain other TIDs that share its overlying taxing jurisdictions.
12. Limits the inclusion in a TID of land that has been annexed by the city or
13. Prohibits a joint review board from approving a TID proposal unless the
board asserts that, in its judgment, the development project described in the TID
documents would not occur without the creation of a TID.
14. Provides that an amendment to a TID's boundary may subtract territory
from the TID if the subtraction does not remove contiguity from the TID.
15. Allows a city or village to create a standing joint review board that may
remain in existence for the entire time that any TID exists in the city or village. The
city or village may also disband the standing joint review board. Currently, a joint
review board may vote to disband following the approval or rejection of a TID
16. Specifically requires that an amendment to a project plan requires the same
findings by a city or village relating to the equalized value of taxable property in the
TID and the equalized value of all of the taxable property in the city or village as is
currently required for the creation of a TID.

This bill also makes a technical modification to the environmental remediation
tax incremental financing program. Under current law, the environmental
remediation tax incremental financing program permits a city, village, town, or
county (political subdivision) to defray the costs of remediating contaminated
property that is owned by the political subdivision. The mechanism for financing
costs that are eligible for remediation is very similar to the mechanism under the TIF
program. If the remediated property is transferred to another person and is then
subject to property taxation, environmental remediation tax incremental financing
may be used to allocate some of the property taxes that are levied on the property to
the political subdivision to pay for the costs of remediation. Under the bill, if a city
or village annexes property from a town that is using an ERTID to remediate
environmental pollution on all or part of the territory that is annexed, the city or
village must pay to the town that portion of the eligible costs that are attributable
to the annexed territory. The city or village, and the town, must negotiate an
agreement on the amount that must be paid.
Generally, this bill takes effect on the first day of the 4th month after the bill is
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:
AB654, s. 1 1Section 1. 59.57 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
AB654,5,72 59.57 (3) County tax increment powers. (a) Subject to par. (b), a county that
3was completely outside of a metropolitan statistical area, as defined in s. 560.70 (5),
4before the 2000 census may exercise all powers of a city under s. 66.1105. If a county
5exercises the powers of a city under s. 66.1105, the county board of the county is
6subject to the same duties as a common council under s. 66.1105, and the county is
7subject to the same duties and liabilities as a city under s. 66.1105.
AB654,5,108 (b) A county that wishes to create a tax incremental district as provided in par.
9(a) may do so only in a town that is contiguous to a city or village and whose board
10has approved the creation of such a district and only if all of the following occur:
11. The common councils of every city that is contiguous to the town and the
2village boards of every village that is contiguous to the town adopt resolutions
3approving the creation of a tax incremental district in the town.
AB654,6,54 2. The town and every city and village that is contiguous to the town enter into
5a cooperative plan boundary agreement under s. 66.0307.
AB654, s. 2 6Section 2. 66.1105 (2) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB654,6,107 66.1105 (2) (cm) "Mixed-use development" means development that contains
8a combination of industrial, commercial, or residential uses, except that lands
9proposed for newly-platted residential use, as shown in the project plan, may not
10exceed 35 percent, by area, of the real property within the district.
AB654, s. 3 11Section 3. 66.1105 (2) (f) 1. i. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB654,6,1612 66.1105 (2) (f) 1. i. Payments made, in the discretion of the local legislative body,
13which are found to be necessary or convenient to the creation of tax incremental
14districts or the implementation of project plans, including payments made to a town
15that relate to property taxes levied on territory to be included in a tax incremental
16district as described in sub. (4) (gm) 1
AB654, s. 4 17Section 4. 66.1105 (2) (f) 2. d. of the statutes is created to read:
AB654,6,2218 66.1105 (2) (f) 2. d. Cash grants made by the city to owners, lessees, or
19developers of land that is located within the tax incremental district unless the grant
20recipient has signed a development agreement with the city, a copy of which shall be
21sent to the appropriate joint review board or, if that joint review board has been
22dissolved, retained by the city in the official records for that tax incremental district.
AB654, s. 5 23Section 5. 66.1105 (2) (f) 3. of the statutes is repealed.
AB654, s. 6 24Section 6. 66.1105 (3) (g) of the statutes is created to read: