2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
March 19, 2010 - Introduced by Representatives Fields, Cullen and Soletski,
cosponsored by Senators Lehman and Sullivan. Referred to Committee on
Energy and Utilities.
1An Act to amend
66.0627 (title), 66.0627 (1) (a) and 66.0627 (8); and to create
66.0627 (1) (d) of the statutes;
relating to: expanding the authority of political
3subdivisions to make residential energy efficiency improvement loans, and
4authorizing political subdivisions to make water efficiency improvement loans
5and impose special charges for the loans.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a municipality (a city, village, or town) is authorized to
impose a special charge against real property for current services rendered by
allocating all or part of the cost of the service to the property served. A "service"
under current law includes snow and ice removal, weed elimination, sidewalks or
curb and gutter repair, garbage and refuse disposal, recycling, storm water
management, tree care, and other similar services that are not specified in the
definition. Generally, special charges are not payable in installments. If a special
charge is not paid within the time specified by the municipality, the special charge
is delinquent and becomes a lien on the property against which it is imposed.
Also under current law, as created by 2009 Wisconsin Act 11
, a political
subdivision (a municipality or county) may make a loan to a resident of the political
subdivision for making or installing an energy efficiency improvement or a
renewable resource application to the resident's residential property. Current law
also authorizes the political subdivision to collect the loan repayment as a special
charge. A special charge that is imposed for such a loan repayment may be collected
in installments and may be included as a charge on the resident's property tax bill
even if the special charge is not delinquent.
This bill expands the entities to which a political subdivision may make energy
efficiency loans to include commercial and industrial premises located in the political
subdivision, and also authorizes a political subdivision to make similar loans for
water efficiency improvements. Loan repayments for water efficiency improvements
may also be collected as a special charge, paid in installments, and be included on
the loan recipient's property tax bill just as such loan repayments may be collected
for energy efficiency improvements.
The bill also authorizes a political subdivision to enter into a loan repayment
agreement with the owner or lessee of premises located in the political subdivision
under which the owner or lessee obtains a loan from a private lender for energy or
water efficiency improvements, or a renewable resources application, to the
premises. Under the bill, the political subdivision could then act as a conduit by
collecting the loan repayment as a special charge and forwarding the amount
collected to the lender.
For further information see the 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:
(title) Special charges for current services and energy and
4water efficiency improvement loans.
(a) "Energy efficiency improvement" means an improvement to a 8
residential, commercial, or industrial
premises that reduces the usage of energy, or 9
increases the efficiency of energy usage, at the premises.
AB876, s. 3
66.0627 (1) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) "Water efficiency improvement" means an improvement to a 2
residential, commercial, or industrial premises that reduces the usage of water, or 3
increases the efficiency of water usage, at the premises.
A political subdivision may make a loan to a resident of an owner
7or lessee of a premises located in
the political subdivision for making or installing an 8
energy efficiency improvement, a water efficiency improvement,
or a renewable 9
resource application to the resident's residential property premises, or enter into an
10agreement with the owner or lessee regarding loan repayments to a 3rd party for
11owner-arranged or lessee-arranged financing for such purposes
. If a political 12
subdivision makes such a loan or enters into such an agreement
, the political 13
subdivision may collect the loan repayment as a special charge under this section. 14
Notwithstanding the provisions of sub. (4), a special charge imposed under this 15
subsection may be collected in installments and may be included in the current or 16
next tax roll for collection and settlement under ch. 74 even if the special charge is 17