2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 10, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kitchens, Krug, Quinn, Novak,
Ripp, Skowronski, Macco, Mursau, Horlacher, Tranel, Tittl, Vorpagel,
VanderMeer, Steffen, Tusler and Bowen, cosponsored by Senators Cowles,
Lasee and Petrowski. Referred to Committee on Environment and Forestry.
1An Act to amend
281.75 (7) (a); and to create
66.0626 of the statutes; relating
2to: local assistance for remediating contaminated wells and failing wastewater
3treatment systems and award limits for contaminated well grants.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that a city, village, town, or county may remediate a
contaminated private well, fill and seal a contaminated well, or rehabilitate, replace,
or abandon a failing private on-site wastewater treatment system, in agreement
with the owner of the well or wastewater treatment system, or may make a
low-interest or interest-free loan to the owner of a contaminated well or failing
wastewater treatment system for these purposes. Under the bill, if a city, village,
town, or county takes any of these actions or provides a loan for these purposes, the
city, village, town, or county may recover the costs of the action or collect the loan
repayment as a special charge or special assessment.
This bill also increases the limit on the amount of a grant awarded under this
state's well compensation grant program. Under current law, an individual owner
or renter of a contaminated private well may apply for a grant from the Department
of Natural Resources to cover a portion of the costs to treat the water, reconstruct the
well, construct a new well, connect to a public water supply, or fill and seal (abandon)
the well. A grant awarded under the program may not exceed 75 percent of a project's
eligible costs and may not cover any part of a project's eligible costs that exceeds
$12,000, which means that a grant may not exceed $9,000. This bill increases the
grant award limit to 75 percent of $16,000, which means that a grant under the bill
may not exceed $12,000.
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:
66.0626 of the statutes is created to read:
266.0626 Special assessments or charges for contaminated well or
3wastewater system loans. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Contaminated private water supply” has the meaning provided in s. 281.75 5
(b) “Failing private on-site wastewater treatment system" has the meaning 7
provided in s. 145.245 (4).
(c) “Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
(d) “Private on-site wastewater treatment system" has the meaning provided 10
in s. 145.01 (12).
(e) “Private water supply” has the meaning provided in s. 281.75 (1) (f).
(f) “Well subject to abandonment” has the meaning provided in s. 281.75 (1) (i).
A political subdivision or its designee may, with the agreement of the owner 14
of the private water supply, well, or wastewater treatment system, remediate a 15
contaminated private water supply, fill and seal a well subject to abandonment, or 16
rehabilitate, replace, or abandon a failing private on-site wastewater treatment 17
system, that is located in the political subdivision, or may make a loan at or below 18
the market interest rate, as defined in s. 281.59 (1) (b), including an interest-free 19
loan, to the owner of a contaminated private water supply, a well subject to 20
abandonment, or a failing private on-site wastewater treatment system, that is 21
located in the political subdivision, for those purposes. If a political subdivision takes
any of the actions under this subsection, the political subdivision may, as a special 2
charge under s. 66.0627 or special assessment under s. 66.0703, recover the costs of 3
the remediation, the filling and sealing, or the rehabilitation, replacement, or 4
abandonment, or collect the loan repayment. Notwithstanding s. 66.0627 (4), a 5
special charge imposed under this subsection may be collected in installments and 6
may be included in the current or next tax roll for collection and settlement under 7
ch. 74 even if the special charge is not delinquent.
281.75 (7) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) If the department finds that the claimant meets all the 10
requirements of this section and rules promulgated under this section and that the 11
private water supply is contaminated or that the well is a well subject to 12
abandonment, the department shall issue an award. The award may not pay more 13
than 75 percent of the eligible costs. The award may not pay any portion of eligible 14
costs in excess of $12,000 $16,000