281.58(8)(f) (f) Except as provided in par. (k), the department may not determine that a municipality is eligible for financial assistance through a method specified under sub. (6) (b) for the portion of a project that treats wastes from industrial users.
281.58(8)(g) (g) The sum of all of the financial assistance to a municipality approved under the clean water fund program for a project may not result in the municipality paying less than 30 percent of the cost of the project.
281.58(8)(h) (h) Except as provided in par. (k), a municipality that is a violator of an effluent limitation at the time that the application for a treatment work project is approved under sub. (9m) may not receive financial assistance of a method specified under sub. (6) (b) 1., 3., 4. or 5. for that part of the treatment work project that is needed to correct the violation. This paragraph does not apply to a municipality that after May 17, 1988, is in compliance with a court or department order to correct a violation of the enforceable requirements of its ch. 283 permit, and that is applying for financial assistance under s. 281.59 (13) to correct that violation.
281.58(8)(i) (i) After June 30, 1991, no municipality may receive for projects in a biennium an amount that exceeds 35.2 percent of the amount that the department of administration projects will be available to provide financial assistance for projects under this section for that biennium.
281.58(8)(j) (j) The amount of a payment under sub. (6) (b) 8. may not exceed the amount necessary to reduce the interest rate on the loan from market rate to the interest rate that would have been charged on a loan to the municipality under sub. (6) (b) 4.
281.58(8)(k) (k) The restrictions specified under par. (b) 1. and 2., (c), (f) or (h) do not apply to any of the following methods of financial assistance:
281.58(8)(k)1. 1. A loan at the market interest rate.
281.58(8)(k)2. 2. A purchase or refinancing of an obligation at fair market value and at the market interest rate.
281.58(8)(k)3. 3. A guarantee or a purchase of insurance for a municipal obligation which will permit the municipality credit market access not otherwise available or which will reduce the interest rate on the obligation to not less than the market rate.
281.58(8e) (8e)Priority. The department shall establish a priority list in accordance with 33 USC 1381 to 1387 which ranks each project. The ranking on the priority list shall be based on all of the following:
281.58(8e)(a) (a) The type of project and the order in which it is listed under sub. (7) (b) 1. to 6.
281.58(8e)(b) (b) The impact of the project on groundwater and surface water quality.
281.58(8e)(c) (c) The impact of the project on public health.
281.58(8e)(cm) (cm) A factor that gives higher priority than would otherwise be given to a project to serve more than one municipality if all of the following apply:
281.58(8e)(cm)1. 1. Each municipality to be served by the project has a population of 2,500 or less.
281.58(8e)(cm)2. 2. At least one of the municipalities to be served by the project has a wastewater treatment system that is unusable because of failures of the system.
281.58(8e)(cm)3. 3. The municipalities to be served by the project are submitting an application for a new joint treatment work.
281.58(8e)(cm)4. 4. At least one of the municipalities to be served by the treatment work has been ordered to upgrade a current system.
281.58(8e)(d) (d) Any other factor determined by the department.
281.58(8m) (8m)Notice of intent to apply.
281.58(8m)(a)(a) A municipality shall submit notice to the department of its intent to apply for financial assistance under this section and s. 281.59. A municipality shall submit the notice at least 6 months before the beginning of the fiscal year in which it will request to receive financial assistance. The notice shall be in a form prescribed by the department and the department of administration.
281.58(8m)(c) (c) The department may waive par. (a) upon the written request of a municipality.
281.58(8s) (8s)Facility plan. A municipality seeking financial assistance for a project under this section shall complete a facility plan as required by the department by rule.
281.58(9) (9)Application.
281.58(9)(a)(a) After the department approves a municipality's facility plan submitted under sub. (8s), the municipality shall submit an application for participation to the department. The application shall be in such form and include such information as the department and the department of administration prescribe and shall include design plans and specifications. The department shall review applications for participation in the clean water fund program. The department shall determine which applications meet the eligibility requirements and criteria under subs. (6), (7), (8), (8m) and (13).
281.58(9)(ae) (ae) A municipality that submits an application under par. (a) without design plans and specifications may obtain an initial determination of financial eligibility from the department of administration. The department of natural resources may not approve a municipality's application until the municipality submits design plans and specifications.
281.58(9)(am) (am) A municipality may not submit more than one application under par. (a) for any single project in any 12-month period except that this paragraph does not apply to applications for financial assistance for additional costs of an approved project.
281.58(9)(b) (b) A municipality seeking financial assistance for a project under the clean water fund program shall complete an environmental analysis sequence as required by the department by rule.
281.58(9)(c) (c) If a municipality is serviced by more than one sewerage district for wastewater pollution abatement, each service area of the municipality shall be considered a separate municipality for purposes of obtaining financial assistance under the clean water fund program.
281.58(9)(d) (d) The department of administration and the department jointly may charge and collect service fees, established by rule, which shall cover the estimated costs of reviewing and acting upon the application and servicing the financial assistance agreement. No service fee established by rule under this paragraph may be charged to or collected from an applicant for financial assistance under s. 281.59 (13).
281.58(9)(e) (e) If the department of natural resources and the department of administration determine that the total amount that the department of administration projects will be available to provide financial assistance for projects under this section for a biennium, as set forth in the biennial finance plan under s. 281.59 (3) (a) 2. and as updated under s. 281.59 (3) (bm) 2., is insufficient to provide funding for all projects for which applications will be approved during that biennium, the department shall inform municipalities that, if the governor's recommendations are approved, clean water fund program assistance during a fiscal year of that biennium will be available only to municipalities that submit financial assistance applications by September 30 of that fiscal year.
281.58(9)(f) (f) The fees collected under par. (d) shall be credited to the environmental improvement fund.
281.58(9m) (9m)Acceptance of application; allocation of funding.
281.58(9m)(a)(a) Subject to par. (d), the department shall approve an application after all of the following occur:
281.58(9m)(a)1. 1. The department determines that the project meets the eligibility requirements and criteria under subs. (7), (8), (8m) and (8s).
281.58(9m)(a)2. 2. The department of administration initially determines that the municipality will meet the requirements of s. 281.59 (9) (b).
281.58(9m)(d) (d) The department may not approve an application under par. (a) for a project that is not on the priority list under sub. (8e).
281.58(9m)(e)1.1. Except as provided under par. (f) and sub. (13), if a sufficient amount of financial assistance under this section is available for the municipality's project when the department approves the application under par. (a), the department of administration shall allocate that amount to the project.
281.58(9m)(e)2. 2. If a sufficient amount of financial assistance under this section is not available for the municipality's project when the department approves the application under par. (a), the department shall place the project on a list for allocation when additional financial assistance becomes available.
281.58(9m)(f) (f) If the department of natural resources and the department of administration determine that the amount available to provide financial assistance for projects under this section for a biennium is insufficient to provide funding for all projects for which applications will be approved during that biennium, all of the following apply:
281.58(9m)(f)1. 1. The department shall establish a funding list for each fiscal year of the biennium that ranks projects of municipalities that submit financial assistance applications under sub. (9) (a) no later than September 30 of the fiscal year in the same order that they appear on the priority list under sub. (8e).
281.58(9m)(f)2. 2. The department of administration shall allocate funding to projects in the order in which they appear on the funding list under subd. 1.
281.58(9m)(fm) (fm) The department, in consultation with the department of administration, shall promulgate, by rule, methods to establish deadlines for actions that must be taken by a municipality to which financial assistance has been allocated. The methods may provide for extending deadlines under specified circumstances. If a municipality fails to meet a deadline, including any extension, the department of administration shall rescind the allocation of financial assistance for the municipality's project.
281.58(11) (11)Type of financial assistance.
281.58(11)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the department of administration shall specify the method by which financial assistance is to be provided for each approved application.
281.58(11)(b) (b) For municipalities meeting the financial hardship assistance requirements under sub. (13), the department of natural resources may approve financial hardship assistance.
281.58(12) (12)Loan interest rates.
281.58(12)(a)1.1. Except as modified under par. (f) and except as restricted by sub. (8) (b), (c), (f) or (h), the interest rate for projects specified in sub. (7) (b) 1. to 5. is 75 percent of market interest rate for projects for which the subsidy was allocated from the amount under s. 281.59 (3e) (b), 2013 stats., for a biennium before the 2015-17 biennium and 70 percent of market interest rate for projects for which the financial assistance is allocated under this section for the 2015-17 biennium or later.
281.58(12)(a)4. 4. The interest rate for projects specified in sub. (7) (b) 6. and for those portions of projects under subd. 1. that are restricted by sub. (8) (b), (c), (f) or (h) is market interest rate.
281.58(12)(a)5. 5. Notwithstanding subd. 1., the interest rate for the portion of a project that provides facilities for receiving and storing septage and capacity for treating septage is zero percent.
281.58(12)(c) (c) The department and the department of administration shall attempt to ensure all of the following:
281.58(12)(c)1. 1. That increases in all state water pollution abatement general obligation debt service costs do not exceed 4 percent annually.
281.58(12)(c)2. 2. That state water pollution abatement general obligation debt service costs are not greater than 50 percent of all general obligation debt service costs in any fiscal year.
281.58(12)(f) (f) The department and the department of administration jointly may request the joint committee on finance to take action under s. 13.101 (11) to modify the percentage of market interest rate established in par. (a) 1.
281.58(13) (13)Financial hardship assistance.
281.58(13)(b)(b) A municipality with an application that is approved under sub. (9m) is eligible for state financial hardship assistance for the project costs that are eligible under the clean water fund program, except for costs to which sub. (8) (b), (c), (f) or (h) applies, if the municipality meets all of the following criteria:
281.58(13)(b)1. 1. The median household income in the municipality is 80 percent or less of the median household income in this state.
281.58(13)(b)2. 2. The estimated total annual charges per residential user in the municipality that relate to wastewater treatment would exceed 2 percent of the median household income in the municipality without assistance under this subsection.
281.58(13)(c) (c) The department shall provide assistance so that estimated total annual charges per residential user in the municipality that relate to wastewater treatment do not exceed 2 percent of the median household income in the municipality, if possible. The department may not reduce the amount of financial hardship assistance for a municipality's project due to the municipality receiving assistance for the project from another source unless the combination of financial hardship assistance plus the assistance from the other source would reduce the estimated total annual charges per residential user in the municipality that relate to wastewater treatment to less than 2 percent of the median household income in the municipality.
281.58(13)(cm) (cm) The amount and type of assistance to be provided to a municipality that receives state financial hardship assistance shall be determined under rules promulgated by the department.
281.58(13)(d) (d) The department shall establish a financial hardship assistance funding list for each fiscal year that ranks projects of municipalities that are eligible under par. (b), and that submit complete financial assistance applications under sub. (9) (a) no later than June 30 of the preceding fiscal year, in the same order that they appear on the priority list under sub. (8e).
281.58(13)(e) (e) In each fiscal year, the department shall allocate financial hardship assistance under this subsection in the following order:
281.58(13)(e)2. 2. Assistance under par. (b) for projects that were on a funding list under par. (d) for a prior fiscal year, that have not previously received funding and that were in the top 20 percent of projects on the priority list under sub. (8e) for the prior fiscal year, starting with projects on the funding list for the earliest fiscal year.
281.58(13)(e)3. 3. Assistance under par. (b) for projects on the current fiscal year's funding list under par. (d) in the order that they appear on the funding list.
281.58(13)(f) (f) The department shall promulgate, by rule, a formula for estimating operating, maintenance and replacement costs for determining estimated wastewater treatment user charges under this subsection.
281.58(13m) (13m)Minority business development and training program.
281.58(13m)(a)(a) The department shall make grants to projects that are eligible for financial assistance under the clean water fund program and that are identified as being part of the minority business development and training program under s. 200.49 (2) (b).
281.58(13m)(b) (b) Grants provided under this subsection are not included for the purposes of determining under sub. (8) (i) the amount that a municipality may receive for projects under the clean water fund program.
281.58(14) (14)Conditions of financial assistance.
281.58(14)(b)(b) As a condition of receiving financial assistance under the clean water fund program, a municipality shall do all of the following:
281.58(14)(b)1. 1. Establish a dedicated source of revenue, that is acceptable to the department of administration under s. 281.59 (9) (am) and (b), for the repayment of any financial assistance.
281.58(14)(b)4. 4. Comply with those provisions of 33 USC 1381 to 1387, this chapter and chs. 283, 285 and 289 to 299 and the regulations and rules promulgated thereunder that the department specifies.
281.58(14)(b)5. 5. Develop and adopt a program of water conservation as required by the department.
281.58(14)(b)6. 6. Develop and adopt a program of systemwide operation and maintenance of the treatment work, including the training of personnel, as required by the department.
281.58(14)(b)7. 7. Develop and adopt a system of equitable user charges to ensure that each recipient of treatment work services pays its proportionate share of the costs of the operation and maintenance of the treatment work. The user fee system shall be in compliance with 33 USC 1284 (b) and the regulations promulgated thereunder. The department may issue an exemption from the requirement imposed under this subdivision if a city or village imposes a system of equitable dedicated charges based upon assessed property values, if the city or village does not operate a treatment work but is served by a regional wastewater treatment plant operated by a metropolitan sewerage district created under ss. 200.21 to 200.65 and if the user charges imposed by that district are approved by the department and comply with 33 USC 1284 (b). The department may provide that the system of user charges for a project with estimated construction costs of $750,000 or less need only cover the costs of debt service and equipment replacement funds.
281.58(15) (15)Financial assistance commitments.
281.58(15)(a)(a) The department and the department of administration may, at the request of a municipality, issue a notice of financial assistance commitment to the municipality after the department approves the municipality's application under sub. (9m) (a) and the department of administration has allocated financial assistance for the municipality's project.
281.58(15)(am) (am) The notice of financial assistance commitment shall include the conditions that the municipality must meet to secure the financial assistance and shall include the estimated repayment schedules and other terms of the financial assistance.
281.58(21) (21)Construction. This section shall be liberally construed in aid of the purposes of this section.
281.58 History History: 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 31, 336, 366; 1991 a. 32, 39, 189; 1993 a. 16; 1995 a. 27; 1995 a. 227 s. 425; Stats. 1995 s. 281.58; 1997 a. 27, 237; 1999 a. 9; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2001 a. 16, 104; 2005 a. 25, 347; 2009 a. 28; 2011 a. 32, 261; 2013 a. 7; 2015 a. 55; s. 35.17 corrections in (9) (e), (9m) (f) 1.
281.58 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 162, Wis. adm. code.
281.58 Note NOTE: 2005 Wis. Act 347, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
281.59 281.59 Environmental improvement fund; financial management.
281.59(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
281.59(1)(ag) (ag) “Clean water fund program" means the program administered under s. 281.58, with financial management provided under this section.
281.59(1)(am) (am) “Effluent limitation" has the meaning given in s. 283.01 (6).
281.59(1)(as) (as) “Land recycling loan program" means the program administered under s. 281.60, with financial management provided under this section.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 58 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before September 20, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 20, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-20-17)