TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY: I am vetoing Assembly Bill 85 in its entirety. This bill allows towns with populations over 4,000 and equalized property value over $125 million, which are located on land completely surrounded by navigable waterways and comprise less than 15 square miles, to incorporate as a city or village without receiving approval by a circuit court and the state Department of Administration. Currently, only the Town of Campbell in LaCrosse County meets these criteria.
I am vetoing this bill because I believe that local governments affected by this legislative proposal should work cooperatively, amongst themselves, to develop boundaries and, if desired, service agreements. These local governments and their elected officials are in a better position than state officials to determine the appropriate boundaries for their communities.
There is also nothing in this veto that prevents the Town of Campbell from negotiating a mutually acceptable resolution of its boundaries with other local governments. Respectfully submitted, JIM DOYLE Governor