2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 20, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf, Cowles, Erpenbach, Hansen,
LeMahieu, Marklein, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Stroebel, Tiffany,
Wirch and Bewley, cosponsored by Representatives Felzkowski,
Swearingen, Hesselbein, Ballweg, Bernier, Billings, Born, Brandtjen, E.
Brooks, R. Brooks, Horlacher, Mursau, Ripp, Jarchow, Kitchens, Kolste,
Kremer, Kulp, Milroy, Nerison, Novak, Petryk, Quinn, Schraa, Skowronski,
Spiros, Summerfield, Tauchen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler, Vruwink,
Wachs, Weatherston and Rohrkaste. Referred to Committee on Sporting
Heritage, Mining and Forestry.
1An Act to repeal
350.12 (3j) (bg) 2. and 350.12 (4) (bg) 2. a.; to renumber and
350.12 (4) (bg) 2. b.; and to amend
350.12 (3j) (b), 350.12 (3j) (bg) 3., 3
350.12 (3j) (bg) 4., 350.12 (3j) (e) 2., 350.12 (4) (b) 1., 350.12 (4) (bm) 1. and 4
350.12 (4) (bm) 2. of the statutes;
relating to: snowmobile trail use stickers and
5trail aids and supplemental trail aids for snowmobile trail maintenance.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the maximum dollar amount per mile that the Department
of Natural Resources may pay to counties for actual expenses related to maintaining
Under current law, state aid is available for the actual cost of maintaining a
qualifying snowmobile trail, but may not exceed $250 per mile per year. Under this
bill, the maximum aid available is increased to $300 per mile per year.
Under current law, a county that exceeds $250 per mile in maintenance
expenses and $150 per mile in grooming expenses in a fiscal year is eligible for
supplemental aid payments the following fiscal year. Under this bill, a county that
exceeds $300 per mile in maintenance expenses and $200 per mile in grooming
expenses in a fiscal year is eligible for supplemental aid payments the following fiscal
Also under current law, most snowmobiles operated on a public snowmobile
corridor must display a trail use sticker issued by DNR. There are three categories
of snowmobiles for which DNR issues trail use stickers: snowmobiles exempt from
registration, snowmobiles owned by members of a snowmobile club, and
snowmobiles owned by those who are not members of a snowmobile club. DNR is
required to charge a specific fee for a trail use sticker issued for snowmobiles in each
category. The current categories and fees apply only to trail use stickers issued from
fiscal years 2015-16 to 2018-19. This bill eliminates the fiscal year limitations on
these categories and fees.
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:
350.12 (3j) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Except as provided in par. (bg), the The
fee for a trail use sticker 3
issued for a snowmobile that is exempt from registration under sub. (2) (b) or (bn) is 4$34.25 $49.25
. A trail use sticker issued for such a snowmobile may be issued only 5
by the department and persons appointed by the department and expires on June 30 6
of each year.
350.12 (3j) (bg) 2. of the statutes is repealed.
350.12 (3j) (bg) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
(bg) 3. The fee for a trail use sticker issued in fiscal years 2015-16
for a snowmobile that is registered under sub. (3) and that is owned by 11
a person who is both a member of a snowmobile club and a member of the Association 12
of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is $9.25.
350.12 (3j) (bg) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
(bg) 4. The fee for a trail use sticker issued in fiscal years 2015-16
for a snowmobile that is registered under sub. (3) and that is owned by 16
a person who does not meet the requirements under subd. 3. is $29.25.
350.12 (3j) (e) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(e) 2. Any person, including the department, who issues a trail use 2
sticker or a temporary trail use receipt shall collect in addition to the fee under par. 3
(b) or (bg) 2.,
or 4. an issuing fee of 75 cents. The agent may retain 50 cents of the 4
issuing fee to compensate the agent for the agent's services in issuing the temporary 5
trail use receipt.
350.12 (4) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) 1. State aids and funds for maintenance costs shall be 100 percent 8
of the actual cost of maintaining the trail per year up to a $250 $300
per mile per year 9
maximum, except as provided in pars. (bg) to (br). Qualifying trails are trails 10
approved by the board as snowmobile trails. State aid for development may equal 11
100 percent of development expenses. Aids for major reconstruction or rehabilitation 12
projects to improve bridges may equal 100 percent of eligible costs. Aids for trail 13
rehabilitation projects may equal 100 percent of eligible costs. Development shall 14
begin the same year the land is acquired. Moneys available for development shall 15
be distributed on a 100 percent grant basis, 75 percent at the time of approval but 16
no later than January 1 and 25 percent upon completion of the project. A county 17
application may include a request for development, rehabilitation or maintenance 18
of trails, or any combination thereof. Trail routes, sizes and specifications shall be 19
prescribed only by the board.
350.12 (4) (bg) 2. a. of the statutes is repealed.
350.12 (4) (bg) 2. b. of the statutes is renumbered 350.12 (4) (bg) 2. 22
and amended to read:
(bg) 2. For fiscal years 2016-17 to 2019-20, the The
shall calculate an amount equal to the number of trail use stickers issued under sub. 25
(3j) in the previous fiscal year to owners of snowmobiles that are exempt from
registration under sub. (2) multiplied by $47 and shall credit this amount to the 2
appropriation account under s. 20.370 (5) (cw). From the appropriation account 3
under s. 20.370 (5) (cw), the department shall make payments to the department or 4
a county for the purposes specified in par. (b). The department shall make payments 5
under par. (bm) for trail maintenance costs that were incurred in the previous fiscal 6
year and that exceed the maximum specified under par. (b) 1. before making 7
payments for any of the other purposes specified in par. (b).
350.12 (4) (bm) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(bm) 1. The actual cost incurred by the department or the county in 10
maintaining its trails that are qualified under par. (b) 1. or 4. in the previous fiscal 11
year exceeds the maximum of $250 $300
per mile per year under par. (b) 1.
350.12 (4) (bm) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(bm) 2. Of the actual cost incurred by the department or the county 14
in maintaining its trails that are qualified under par. (b) 1. or 4. for the fiscal year 15
applicable under subd. 1., the actual cost incurred in grooming the trails exceeds a 16
maximum of $150 $200
per mile per year.