229.823 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.824 229.824 Powers of a district. A district has all of the powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes and provisions of this subchapter. In addition to all other powers granted by this subchapter, a district may do all of the following:
229.824(1) (1) Adopt bylaws to govern the district's activities, subject to this subchapter.
229.824(2) (2) Sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded.
229.824(3) (3) Maintain an office.
229.824(4) (4) In connection with football stadium facilities:
229.824(4)(a) (a) Acquire, construct, equip, maintain, improve, operate and manage the football stadium facilities as a revenue-generating enterprise, or engage other persons to do these things.
229.824(4)(b) (b) Acquire; lease, as lessor or lessee; use; transfer; or accept transfers of property.
229.824(4)(c) (c) Improve, maintain and repair property, and fund reserves for maintenance, depreciation and capital improvements. Reserves for depreciation and capital improvements may not be created in the special fund maintained under s. 229.825 (1) or the fund established under s. 229.8257.
229.824(4)(d) (d) Enter into contracts, subject to such standards as may be established by the district board. The district board may award any such contract for any combination or division of work it designates and may consider any factors in awarding a contract, including price, time for completion of work and qualifications and past performance of a contractor.
229.824(4)(e) (e) Grant concessions.
229.824(4)(f) (f) Sell or otherwise dispose of unneeded or unwanted property.
229.824(5) (5) Employ personnel, and fix and regulate their compensation; and provide, either directly or subject to an agreement under s. 66.0301 as a participant in a benefit plan of another governmental entity, any employee benefits, including an employee pension plan.
229.824(6) (6) Purchase insurance, establish and administer a plan of self-insurance or, subject to an agreement with another governmental entity under s. 66.0301, participate in a governmental plan of insurance or self-insurance.
229.824(7) (7) Mortgage, pledge or otherwise encumber the district's property or funds.
229.824(8) (8) Subject to s. 229.8245, issue revenue bonds under s. 66.0621, subject to ss. 229.829 to 229.834, and enter into agreements related to the issuance of bonds, including liquidity and credit facilities, remarketing agreements, insurance policies, guaranty agreements, letter of credit or reimbursement agreements, indexing agreements, interest exchange agreements, and currency exchange agreements.
229.824(9) (9) Maintain funds and invest the funds in any investment that the district board considers appropriate.
229.824(10) (10) Promote, advertise and publicize its football stadium facilities and related activities.
229.824(11) (11) Set standards governing the use of, and the conduct within, its football stadium facilities in order to promote public safety and convenience and to maintain order.
229.824(12) (12) Establish and collect fees or other charges for the use of its football stadium facilities or for services rendered by the district.
229.824(13) (13) Establish and collect fees or other charges for the right to purchase admission to events at the football stadium if the proceeds from any amount that is collected under this subsection are used for purposes related to football stadium facilities.
229.824(14) (14) Enter into partnerships, joint ventures, common ownership or other arrangements with other persons to further the district's purposes.
229.824(15) (15) Impose, by the adoption of a resolution, the taxes under subch. V of ch. 77, except that the taxes imposed by the resolution may not take effect until the resolution is approved by a majority of the electors in the district's jurisdiction voting on the resolution at a referendum, to be held at the first spring primary or partisan primary following by at least 45 days the date of adoption of the resolution. Two questions shall appear on the ballot. The first question shall be: "Shall a sales tax and a use tax be imposed at the rate of 0.5% in .... County for purposes related to football stadium facilities in the .... Professional Football Stadium District?" The 2nd question shall be: "Shall excess revenues from the 0.5% sales tax and use tax be permitted to be used for property tax relief purposes in .... County?" Approval of the first question constitutes approval of the resolution of the district board. Approval of the 2nd question is not effective unless the first question is approved. The clerk of the district shall publish the notices required under s. 10.06 (4) (c), (f) and (i) for any referendum held under this subsection. Notwithstanding s. 10.06 (4) (c), the type A notice under s. 10.01 (2) (a) relating to the referendum is valid even if given and published late as long as it is given and published prior to the election as early as practicable. A district may not levy any taxes that are not expressly authorized under subch. V of ch. 77. The district may not levy any taxes until the professional football team and the governing body of the municipality in which the football stadium facilities are located agree on how to fund the maintenance of the football stadium facilities. The district may not levy any taxes until the professional football team and the governing body of the municipality in which the football stadium facilities are located agree on how to distribute the proceeds, if any, from the sale of naming rights related to the football stadium facilities. If a district board adopts a resolution that imposes taxes and the resolution is approved by the electors, the district shall deliver a certified copy of the resolution to the secretary of revenue at least 120 days before its effective date. If a district board adopts a resolution that imposes taxes and the resolution is not approved by the electors, the district is dissolved.
229.824(16) (16) Accept gifts, loans and other aid.
229.824(17) (17) Administer the receipt of revenues, and oversee the payment of bonds issued by the district.
229.824(18) (18) Adopt and alter an official seal.
229.824(19) (19) Subject to the limitation in this subsection, sell engraved tiles or bricks, which may be placed in or around football stadium facilities. The net proceeds from the sale of engraved tiles or bricks shall be deposited by the district into the fund under s. 229.8257. No tiles or bricks may be sold under this subsection if the net proceeds from such sales would exceed the amount that would jeopardize the federal tax-exempt status of the bonds.
229.824 History History: 1999 a. 167; 2001 a. 38; 2009 a. 2; 2011 a. 75.
229.8245 229.8245 Limitations on district.
229.8245(1) (1) The name of a football stadium may not be changed without the written consent of the municipality in which it is located and the professional football team described in s. 229.823.
229.8245(2) (2) The district may not issue bonds under s. 229.824 (8) unless all of the following apply:
229.8245(2)(a) (a) The district has entered into a lease with a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, under which the team agrees to be the principal tenant of the football stadium for a term of not less than 30 years.
229.8245(2)(b) (b) A professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, certifies to the district that it has applied to the league of professional football teams to which it belongs for approval of a policy that allows a person who paid a onetime license or similar right, as described in s. 77.54 (45), to receive a payment in an amount that is equal to the amount of the license or right from any person who subsequently receives that license or right.
229.8245(2)(c) (c) The district and a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, enter into an agreement, which may not be amended, under which the team agrees that if the team is sold, if its assets are liquidated or if the team is transferred to a new owner before the certification is made under s. 229.825 (3) (a), the terms of the sale, liquidation or transfer of the team shall require the immediate retirement of all outstanding bonds, including bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds.
229.8245(2)(d) (d) The district and a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, enter into an agreement under which the team agrees that no engraved tiles or bricks, which may be placed in or around football stadium facilities, may be sold by the team and that engraved tiles or bricks may be sold only by the district, as provided in s. 229.824 (19).
229.8245(2)(e) (e) The district and a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, enter into an agreement under which $500,000 from the proceeds of fees or other charges under s. 229.824 (13) will be deposited each year into the fund under s. 229.8257. The agreement shall also provide that the deposits shall begin in the 1st year after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, and shall continue until the funding condition set forth in s. 229.825 (2) (d) 2. or (e) 2. is satisfied. The agreement shall also specify that the $500,000 amount may not be reduced in any subsequent agreement between the district and the professional football team.
229.8245 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.825 229.825 Special fund tax revenues.
229.825(1) (1) The district board shall maintain a special fund into which it deposits all of the revenue received from the department of revenue, that is derived from the taxes imposed under subch. V of ch. 77, and may use this revenue only for the purposes specified in sub. (2). The district may not deposit any other moneys into the special fund, except that the district shall credit all earnings on the revenues in the special fund to the special fund. The earnings on the revenues shall be used only for the purposes specified in sub. (2).
229.825(2) (2) The district shall first use the revenues in the special fund maintained under sub. (1) for the payment of current debt service on bonds issued by the district for purposes related to football stadium facilities. If the revenues in the special fund in any year exceed the amount required to pay current debt service on bonds issued by the district for purposes related to football stadium facilities, the district shall apply the excess revenues for the following purposes in the following order:
229.825(2)(ae) (ae) If a county located within a district's jurisdiction uses the proceeds from a loan obtained by the county from the board of commissioners of public lands under s. 24.61 (3) (a) 2. for purposes related to the acquisition, renovation or construction of football stadium facilities and if the county and district enter into an agreement under s. 229.827 (3), the district shall pay the county in each year an amount equal to the principal and interest costs incurred by the county for the loan in that year.
229.825(2)(am) (am) Beginning in the year that occurs immediately after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, an amount equal to not more than $750,000 may be used to pay the district board's administration expenses. In the succeeding year, an amount equal to not more than $500,000 may be used to pay the district board's administration expenses. In the 2nd succeeding year, and each year thereafter, an amount equal to not more than $100,000 may be used to pay the district board's administration expenses. The amount authorized to be expended under this paragraph may be expended annually until the earlier of the following:
229.825(2)(am)1. 1. January 1 of the 30th year beginning after the initial year in which the revenues are first used to pay the district board's administration expenses.
229.825(2)(am)2. 2. The year in which the district board determines that the balance of moneys in the reserve created under par. (d) 2. or (e) 2., whichever is applicable, plus all projected earnings on the moneys, are sufficient to pay the district board's administration expenses through the time specified under subd. 1.
229.825(2)(b)1. 1. Beginning in the 3rd year that occurs immediately after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, an amount equal to $3,400,000 less the sum of the amounts specified in s. 229.8257 (2) (a) to (d) shall be used to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities. The payments shall be made annually until the earlier of the following:
229.825(2)(b)1.a. a. January 1 of the 28th year beginning after the initial year in which the revenues are first used to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities.
229.825(2)(b)1.b. b. The year in which the district board determines that the balance of moneys in the fund established under s. 229.8257, plus all projected earnings on the moneys, are sufficient to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities in the amounts specified in subd. 1. (intro.), as affected by any adjustment under subd. 2., through the time specified under subd. 1. a.
229.825(2)(b)2. 2. The portion of the $3,400,000 amount under subd. 1. that is used to pay any compensation for any employees of a municipality that provides maintenance or operating services for the football stadium facilities may be increased each year thereafter by not more than 3%. All other portions of this amount may be increased each year thereafter by not more than 2%.
229.825(2)(d) (d) If the 2nd question under s. 229.824 (15) is approved by the electors, the district shall pay the remainder to the county that is in the district's jurisdiction for the purpose of directly reducing the county's property tax levy or, if the county board otherwise requires, the district shall use any portion of the remainder for the following purposes:
229.825(2)(d)1. 1. To retire bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities, and any bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds, prior to their maturity.
229.825(2)(d)2. 2. To fully fund the fund established under s. 229.8257 to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities specified under par. (b) 1. b. and to establish a reserve to pay the district board's administration expenses specified in par. (am), but only after all bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities and all bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds are retired or have been paid in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds and after the district is no longer required to make the payments to a county under par. (ae).
229.825(2)(e) (e) If the 2nd question under s. 229.824 (15) is not approved by the electors, the district shall use the remainder for the following purposes:
229.825(2)(e)1. 1. To retire bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities, and any bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds, prior to their maturity.
229.825(2)(e)2. 2. To fully fund the fund established under s. 229.8257 to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities specified under par. (b) 1. b. and to establish a reserve to pay the district board's administration expenses specified in par. (am), but only after all bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities and all bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds are retired or have been paid in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds and after the district is no longer required to make the payments to a county under par. (ae).
229.825(3) (3) Subject to sub. (4), the district board shall do all of the following:
229.825(3)(a) (a) As soon as practicable after all bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities and all bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds are retired or have been paid in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds, the district board shall make a certification to the department of revenue to that effect.
229.825(3)(b) (b) As soon as practicable after fully funding the reserves established under sub. (2) (d) 2. or (e) 2., whichever is applicable, and the fund established under s. 229.8257, the district board shall make a certification to the department of revenue to that effect.
229.825(4) (4) If the county board determines that the bonds described in sub. (3) (a) have been retired or paid as described in sub. (3) (a) and if the district board has not made the certification to the department of revenue as described in sub. (3) (a), the county board may require the district board to make that certification to the department of revenue and the district board shall immediately do so.
229.825 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.8257 229.8257 Football stadium facility maintenance and operating cost fund.
229.8257(1) (1) The district board shall establish a fund into which it deposits all of the revenue received from the department of revenue, that is derived from football donations, as defined in s. 71.10 (5e) (a) 2., the revenue from engraved brick or tile sales under s. 229.824 (19), the revenue received from the department of transportation under s. 85.605, the deposit made pursuant to s. 229.8245 (2) (e) and an amount equal to the amount deposited into the fund under s. 229.825 (2) (d) 2. and (e) 2., and may use this revenue only to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities. The district may not deposit any other moneys into the fund, except that the district shall credit all earnings on the revenues in the fund to the fund.
229.8257(2) (2) Beginning in the 3rd year that occurs immediately after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, the following amounts in the following order, plus the amount specified in s. 229.825 (2) (b), shall be used to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities:
229.8257(2)(a) (a) The deposit made pursuant to s. 229.8245 (2) (e) in that year.
229.8257(2)(b) (b) The revenue received from the department of revenue, that is derived from football donations, as defined in s. 71.10 (5e) (a) 2., in that year.
229.8257(2)(c) (c) The revenue received from engraved brick or tile sales under s. 229.824 (19) in that year.
229.8257(2)(d) (d) The revenue received from the department of transportation under s. 85.605 in that year.
229.8257 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.826 229.826 Powers granted to a municipality or county. In addition to any powers that it may otherwise have, a county or municipality located wholly or partly within a district's jurisdiction may do any of the following:
229.826(1) (1) Make grants or loans to a district upon terms that the county or municipality considers appropriate.
229.826(2) (2) Expend public funds to subsidize a district.
229.826(3) (3) Borrow money under ss. 67.04 and 67.12 (12) for football stadium facilities or to fund grants, loans or subsidies to a district.
229.826(4) (4) Lease or transfer property to a district upon terms that the county or municipality considers appropriate.
229.826(5) (5) With the consent of a district, establish and collect fees or other charges applicable only to a football stadium for the right to purchase admission to events at the stadium, if the proceeds from any amount that is collected under this subsection are used for purposes related to football stadium facilities.
229.826 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.827 229.827 Contracting.
229.827(1)(1) Unless a district board determines that it is not feasible to do so, the district shall enter into a contract with a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, or a related party, that requires the team or related party to acquire, construct or renovate football stadium facilities that are part of any facilities that are leased by the district to the team or to a related party, without regard to whether the football stadium facilities are financed by the district.
229.827(2) (2) Unless otherwise provided in an agreement with a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, the district shall be responsible only for the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities up to an amount that is in the fund established under s. 229.8257 plus the amounts applied under s. 229.825 (2) (b).
229.827(3) (3) A district and the county located within a district's jurisdiction may enter into an agreement in which the county agrees to use the proceeds from a loan obtained by the county from the board of commissioners of public lands under s. 24.61 (3) (a) 2. for purposes related to the acquisition, renovation or construction of football stadium facilities and the district agrees to pay the county the amount required to be paid under s. 229.825 (2) (ae). Before entering into an agreement under this subsection, the district board shall consider the relative costs to taxpayers in the county of using the proceeds from the loans obtained by the county from the board of commissioners of public lands or having the district issue bonds for the purpose of acquiring, renovating or constructing the football stadium facilities.
229.827 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.8273 229.8273 Minority, disabled veteran, and women contracting.
229.8273(1)(1) In this section:
229.8273(1)(a) (a) "Contractor" means a professional football team, as described under s. 229.823, or a related party, or any other person who enters into a contract for construction or renovation work or professional services contracts, as described in sub. (2).
229.8273(1)(am) (am) "Disabled veteran-owned business" means a business certified by the department of administration under s. 16.283 (3).
229.8273(1)(b) (b) "Minority business" has the meaning given in s. 16.287 (1) (e).
229.8273(1)(c) (c) "Minority group member" has the meaning given in s. 16.287 (1) (f).
229.8273(1)(d) (d) "Women's business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture or corporation that is at least 51% owned, controlled and actively managed by women.
229.8273(2) (2) A district shall ensure that, for construction or renovation work and professional services contracts that relate to the construction or renovation of football stadium facilities that are financed by the proceeds of bonds issued under s. 229.824 (8), a person who is awarded such a contract by the district or by a contractor shall agree, as a condition to receiving the contract, that his or her goal shall be to ensure that at least 15 percent of the employees hired because of the contract will be minority group members, at least 1 percent of the employees hired because of the contract will be employees of a disabled veteran-owned business, and at least 5 percent of the employees hired because of the contract will be women.
229.8273(3) (3) It shall be a goal of the district to ensure that at least 15 percent of the aggregate dollar value of contracts that relate to the construction or renovation of football stadium facilities that are financed by the proceeds of bonds issued under s. 229.824 (8), shall be awarded to minority businesses, at least 1 percent of the aggregate dollar value of contracts awarded by the board shall be awarded to disabled veteran-owned businesses, and at least 5 percent of the aggregate dollar value of contracts awarded by the board shall be awarded to women's businesses.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)