October 2013 Special Session
2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
October 14, 2013 - Introduced by
Committee on Senate Organization, by request
of Governor Scott Walker. Referred to Joint Committee on Finance.
1An Act to renumber
60.23 (32); and to create
60.23 (32) (b), 60.23 (32) (c) and 2
60.23 (32) (d) of the statutes; relating to: expanding the authority of the town
3of Somers in Kenosha County to create tax incremental financing districts.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under the current tax incremental financing 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 conservation, suitable for industrial sites, or suitable for mixed-use
development. Currently, towns and counties also have a limited ability to create a
TID under certain circumstances. 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, approval of the city's or village's
proposed TID by a joint review board that consists of members who represent the
overlying taxation districts, and adoption of a resolution by the common council or
village board that creates the TID as of a date provided in the resolution.
Also under current law, once a TID has been created, the Department of
Revenue (DOR) calculates the "tax incremental base" value of the TID, which is the
equalized value of all taxable property within the TID at the time of its creation. If
the 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 in excess of the base value is called a "tax increment." The tax
increment is placed in a special fund that may be used only 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, generally, 20 years, 23
years, or 27 years after the TID is created, depending on the type of TID and the year
in which it was created. Also under current law, a city or village may not generally
make expenditures for project costs later than five years before the unextended
termination date of the TID. Under certain circumstances, the life of the TID, the
expenditure period, and the allocation period may be extended.
Under the current law limitations on towns to use tax incremental financing
(TIF), a town may create a TID for projects related to tourism, agriculture,
manufacturing, or forestry. A town may also use TIF for residential projects, but only
to the extent that the residential project has a necessary and incidental relationship
to a tourism, agricultural, manufacturing, or forestry project, and for retail projects
to the extent that the retail development is related to the retail sale of a product that
is produced due to an agricultural, forestry, or manufacturing project.
A town may also create a TID in limited circumstances under which the town
enters into a cooperative plan with a city or village under which part or all of the town
will be annexed or attached by the city or village.
Under this bill, the town of Somers in Kenosha County may create TIDs in the
same way and subject to the same conditions as any city or village. If any part of such
a TID is annexed by a city or village, any assets or liabilities associated with that
annexed territory, including bonds or other debt, become the responsibility of the
annexing city or village.
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:
60.23 (32) of the statutes is renumbered 60.23 (32) (a).
60.23 (32) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 1. In this paragraph, "town" means the town of Somers in 4
2. Subject to subd. 3., a town may exercise all powers of cities under s. 66.1105 6
to create a tax incremental district. If the town board exercises the powers of a city
under s. 66.1105, it is subject to the same duties as a common council under s. 66.1105 2
and the town is subject to the same duties and liabilities as a city under s. 66.1105.
3. a. If a town creates a tax incremental district under s. 60.85, the town may 4
not take any action with regard to that district except by acting under s. 60.85.
b. If a town creates a tax incremental district under par. (a), the town may not 6
take any action with regard to that district except by acting under par. (a).
60.23 (32) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) If any part of a tax incremental district that is created as provided 9
under par. (b) 2. is annexed by a city or village, any assets or liabilities associated 10
with that annexed territory, including a proportional share of any bonds or other debt 11
associated with the district, shall become the responsibility of the annexing city or 12
60.23 (32) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) If after January 1 a city or village annexes any part of a tax 15
incremental district that is created as provided under par. (b) 2., the department of 16
revenue shall redetermine the tax incremental base of the district by subtracting 17
from the tax incremental base the value of the taxable property that is annexed from 18
the existing district as of the following January 1, and if the annexation becomes 19
effective on January 1 of any year, the redetermination shall be made as of that date. 20
The tax incremental base as redetermined under this paragraph is effective for the 21
purposes of this paragraph and par. (b) only if it less than the original tax 22
incremental base determined under s. 66.1105 (5) (a).