CHAPTER 65
MUNICIPAL BUDGET SYSTEMS
65.01   Application of this chapter.
65.02   Definitions.
65.025   Biennial budget procedures.
65.03   Departmental estimates.
65.04   Meetings of board of estimates.
65.05   Adoption of budget; changes, how made.
65.06   Funds, how expended.
65.07   Power of council to levy taxes.
65.10   City officers to pay receipts monthly.
65.20   Executive budget procedures in cities of the 1st class.
65.90   Municipal budgets.
65.01 65.01 Application of this chapter. The common council of any city of the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th class may by ordinance adopted by three-fourths of all its members accept the provisions of ss. 65.02, 65.025, 65.03 and 65.04 which when so accepted shall be in full force and effect as to any such city. Except as above provided ss. 65.01 to 65.20 shall apply only to cities of the 1st class.
65.01 History History: 1977 c. 109; 2019 a. 42.
65.02 65.02 Definitions.
65.02(1)(1)Department. In this chapter “department" or “departments" means any department, board, commission or other body under the control of the common council which expends city funds or incurs obligations for the city, and unless otherwise expressed refers to the head of such department.
65.02(2) (2)Estimate. The term “estimate" as used in this chapter shall include any written report of or the request of any department setting forth in detail the various sums and purposes it deems reasonably necessary to perform its functions.
65.02(3) (3)Board of estimates. The board of estimates shall be the mayor, the president of the common council, comptroller, treasurer, city attorney, commissioner of public works and the members of the finance committee of the common council.
65.02(4) (4)President and secretary. The mayor shall be president of the board and the comptroller shall be the secretary. The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the board and perform such other duties as may be required by the board.
65.02(5) (5)Budget. The budget shall provide a complete financial plan for the ensuing budget period. It shall contain in tabular form, for each fiscal year:
65.02(5)(a) (a) A general summary;
65.02(5)(b) (b) Detailed estimates of all anticipated revenues applicable to proposed expenditures;
65.02(5)(c) (c) All proposed expenditures;
65.02(5)(d) (d) A compensation schedule to provide uniform rates of pay for offices and positions in the city service. The total of such proposed expenditures shall not exceed the total of such anticipated revenues.
65.02(5m) (5m)Budget period. In ss. 65.01 to 65.20, “budget period” means 2 consecutive fiscal years covered by a biennial budget adopted by a city that has acted under s. 62.025 [s. 65.025], or an annual budget for any other city that has not acted to adopt a biennial budget under s. 65.025.
65.02 Note NOTE: The correct cross-reference is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
65.02(6) (6)Budget summary.
65.02(6)(a) (a) For a budget period, the budget summary shall itemize the principal sources of anticipated revenues and shall state separately the amount to be raised by property tax, and the proposed expenditures of each department, bureau, board and commission in such manner as to present to the public a simple and clear summary of the detailed estimates of the budget.
65.02(6)(b) (b) For a budget period, the budget summary shall also include all of the following:
65.02(6)(b)1. 1. The total amount of budgeted expenditures for the current year.
65.02(6)(b)2. 2. The proposed amount of total expenditures and the percentage change compared to the amount in subd. 1.
65.02(6)(b)3. 3. The property tax levy for the current year.
65.02(6)(b)4. 4. The proposed property tax levy and the percentage change compared to the amount in subd. 3.
65.02(7) (7)Anticipated revenues. Anticipated revenues shall be classified as “surplus", “miscellaneous revenues" and “amount to be raised by property tax"; miscellaneous revenues shall be listed by the sources from which such revenues are to be derived.
65.02(8) (8)Proposed expenditures. For a budget period, separate provisions shall be included in the proposed budget for at least:
65.02(8)(a) (a) The administration, operation and maintenance of each department, bureau, board, commission and division thereof, itemized by kind and nature of expenditure as required by the board of estimates.
65.02(8)(b) (b) The number, title and compensation range of each officer, and of each position and the proposed appropriation for the same shall be itemized according to the divisions in each department, bureau, board and commission and shall be incorporated in and published with the rest of the proposed budget.
65.02(8)(c) (c) Expenditures proposed for improvements.
65.02(9) (9)Uniform compensation schedule. The compensation schedule shall provide for and establish uniform rates of pay for offices and positions in the city service to be in effect for the ensuing fiscal year.
65.02(10) (10)Proposed expenditures; comparison with other years. The board of estimates shall direct that there be placed opposite the several items of proposed expenditures for the ensuing budget period, adequate comparisons with the budgets and expenditures of other years.
65.02(11) (11)Anticipated revenues; comparison with other years. The board of estimates shall direct that there be placed opposite the several items of anticipated revenues for the ensuing budget period, adequate comparisons with the anticipated revenues and receipts of other years.
65.02 History History: 1971 c. 154; 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 316; 2019 a. 42.
65.025 65.025 Biennial budget procedures.
65.025(1)(1)A city may adopt a biennial budget by implementing the procedures under this section and using the procedures under ss. 65.02 to 65.20. If a city chooses to adopt a biennial budget, it shall adopt such a budget in an odd-numbered year for the next 2 fiscal years that follow immediately the year in which the budget is adopted.
65.025(2) (2)For a city to proceed under this section, the common council shall adopt a resolution or enact an ordinance stating its intent to adopt a biennial budget. Once a resolution is adopted or an ordinance is enacted, such an action takes effect and may not be reconsidered or repealed, except as provided in sub. (3).
65.025(3) (3)A common council that has adopted a biennial budget procedure as provided in this section may return to the use of an annual budget procedure if the common council, by a two-thirds majority vote, adopts a resolution or enacts an ordinance stating its intent to adopt an annual budget.
65.025(4) (4)A common council or a committee authorized by the common council may, at any time, decrease appropriation amounts in a biennial budget.
65.025(5) (5)In October or November of an even-numbered year, the common council may change any appropriation or revenue amount in relation to the 2nd year of the biennial budget by a simple majority vote of the members-elect, as defined in s. 59.001 (2m).
65.025 History History: 2019 a. 42; s. 35.17 correction in (2), (5).
65.03 65.03 Departmental estimates.
65.03(1)(1)It shall be the duty of each department to file with the secretary of the board of estimates not later than August 1 of each year on forms approved by the board of estimates an estimate in detail of the department's needs for the ensuing fiscal year, including a statement of any permanent improvements to be made and an estimate of expenditures therefor, and including such information supplied in such form as the board of estimates may direct. If the city is using biennial budgeting, the forms described in this subsection shall also detail the changes between the first and 2nd year of the biennium.
65.03(2) (2)Any department whose funds are not subject to the control of the common council may include in its estimate such sum as it may deem reasonably necessary for a contingent fund for emergency purposes or other purposes which may arise during the year requiring the expenditure of money in addition to the sums provided for the several purposes or for purposes for which no express provision is made in the budget.
65.03 History History: 2019 a. 42.
65.04 65.04 Meetings of board of estimates.
65.04(1)(1)Meeting; report of estimates. The board of estimates shall meet not later than September 10 of each year. The secretary shall place before the board the reports of estimates filed with the secretary by the departments together with the comptroller's statement of anticipated revenues for the ensuing budget period, or the 2nd year of a biennium in an even-numbered year, and the adequate comparisons with other years as provided in s. 65.02 (5) to (11). The budget summary shall be published forthwith in at least one and not more than 2 daily newspapers having the largest circulation in the city as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, and in the proceedings of the common council; and a copy of the entire proposed budget shall be available for public inspection in the office of the city comptroller.
65.04(2) (2)Proposed budget; publication of summary. From the estimates before it the board shall make and submit to the common council, on or before October 25 each budget period, a proposed budget setting forth in detail the amounts proposed to be spent by each department and the various purposes therefor and the amounts of money for each purpose it is proposed shall be appropriated by the council. The proposed budget shall comply with s. 65.02 (5) to (11). The budget summary shall be published forthwith in at least one and not more than 2 daily newspapers having the largest circulation in the city as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, and the proposed budget summary shall be printed forthwith in the proceedings of the common council. If any department fails to file its estimates as herein provided the board shall make a proposed budget for such department specifying the purposes for which and the amount of funds such department may expend.
65.04(3) (3)Changes by board. The board shall not change any sum or purpose of any department which by law is authorized to determine the purposes of its expenditures and the tax to be levied therefor, unless such department by formal resolution shall so determine by an affirmative vote of a majority of its members, when the board shall then make the change and include a certified copy of such resolution with its estimates to be filed with the common council.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 186 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 3, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 3, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-3-20)