67.04(2) (2)
67.04(2)(a)(a) Subject to the limitations specified in ss. 67.03 and 67.045, any municipality may borrow money and issue bonds to finance any project undertaken for a public purpose.
67.04(2)(b) (b) Subject to the limitations specified in s. 67.03, any city with a population greater than 75,000 may borrow money and issue bonds to finance the cost of low-interest mortgage loans under s. 62.237.
67.04(3) (3) Subject to the limitations specified in s. 67.03, any municipality may refund municipal obligations including interest on them whether or not the obligations being refunded were issued for any purpose for which the municipal obligations might have been issued in the original instance, if the time for payment of bonds issued to refund bonds and notes authorized under this chapter does not extend beyond the period permitted under s. 67.07. Bonds issued to refund municipal obligations issued under ch. 66 shall be paid within the period permitted under s. 67.07, commencing on the original date of the refunding bonds.
67.04(4) (4) The legislature finds that contracting of debt under this chapter for any project constitutes a public purpose.
67.04(5) (5)
67.04(5)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the proceeds of any municipal bonds or notes issued by a county under this chapter shall not be used to fund the operating expenses of the general fund of the county or to fund the operating expenses of any special revenue fund of the county that is supported by property taxes.
67.04(5)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to notes issued under s. 67.12 (1) to (8m) or to municipal bonds or notes issued by a county for any of the following purposes:
67.04(5)(b)1. 1. To comply with a court order or judgment.
67.04(5)(b)3. 3. To provide liability insurance, property insurance, or risk management services under s. 611.11 (4).
67.04(5)(b)4. 4. To pay unfunded prior service liability contributions under the Wisconsin retirement system, or to pay unfunded prior service liability with respect to an employee retirement system, if all of the net proceeds of the note will be used to pay for such contributions or payments.
67.045 67.045 Debt issuance conditions.
67.045(1) (1) The governing body of a county may not issue bonds under s. 67.05 or promissory notes under s. 67.12 (12) unless one or more of the following apply:
67.045(1)(a) (a) A referendum is held, following the procedures in s. 67.05 (3), that approves the debt issuance.
67.045(1)(b) (b) The governing body of the county adopts a resolution that sets forth its reasonable expectations that issuance of the debt will not cause the county to increase the debt levy rate, as defined in s. 59.605 (1) (b).
67.045(1)(c) (c) Issuance of the debt was authorized by an initial resolution adopted by the governing body of the county prior to August 12, 1993.
67.045(1)(d) (d) The debt is issued for the purposes under s. 67.05 (7) (c), (cc), (f), (h) or (i).
67.045(1)(e) (e) The debt is issued to fund or refund outstanding municipal obligations, interest on outstanding municipal obligations, or the payment of related issuance costs or redemption premiums.
67.045(1)(f) (f) The governing body adopts a resolution to issue the debt by a vote of at least three-fourths of the members-elect, as defined in s. 59.001 (2m).
67.045(1)(g) (g) The debt is issued by a county having a population of 500,000 or more to pay unfunded prior service liability with respect to an employee retirement system.
67.045(1)(h) (h) The debt is issued for the purpose of acquiring or installing energy efficient equipment.
67.045(2) (2)
67.045(2)(a)(a) The department of revenue shall promulgate rules that set forth the standards to be used by the governing body of a county in adopting a resolution under sub. (1) (b). The rules shall permit the reasonable exercise of local self-determination and debt management and prohibit the consideration of unreasonable assumptions that may cause an increase in the debt levy rate, as defined in s. 59.605 (1) (b).
67.045(2)(b) (b) The standards in the rules under par. (a) shall address issues including all of the following:
67.045(2)(b)1. 1. The equalized value of taxable property in the county.
67.045(2)(b)2. 2. The annual debt service on the debt being issued.
67.045(2)(b)3. 3. The treatment of anticipated refunding of balloon payments.
67.045(2)(b)4. 4. Variable rate obligations.
67.045(2)(b)5. 5. Past and anticipated revenues that may abate a debt levy.
67.045(2)(b)6. 6. The amount of state aid that may be received in future years.
67.045 History History: 1993 a. 16; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2007 a. 115; 2009 a. 2.
67.05 67.05 Bond issues; procedure.
67.05(1) (1) Initial resolution by governing body. If any municipality seeks to issue a bond under s. 67.04, the governing body of the municipality shall, prior to the issuance of the bond, adopt a resolution that states the purpose for and maximum amount of the borrowing. The resolution adopted under this section shall be known as the initial resolution. If a permissive referendum on the bond issue is allowed under this section, the governing body shall, within 15 days after the initial resolution is adopted, publish a class 1 notice under ch. 985 stating the purpose and maximum principal amount of the bond issue and describing the opportunity and procedure for submitting a petition requesting a referendum on the bond issue.
67.05(2) (2)Initial resolution by electors.
67.05(2)(a)(a) The electors of any town, common school district, union high school district, whether such district is joint or otherwise, or of any municipality other than a county, a city, a village, a technical college district or a board of park commissioners, may at any annual meeting, or at a special meeting of such electors called for the purpose, adopt the initial resolution prescribed by sub. (1) without any prior adoption thereof by the governing body of such municipality. The vote in such case shall be made by ballot in substantially the following form:
For bonds Against bonds
67.05(2)(b) (b) The electors of a city may adopt the initial resolution prescribed by sub. (1) in the manner provided by s. 9.20.
67.05(3) (3)Referendum procedure. Whenever a referendum is held under this section, the following procedures shall be used:
67.05(3)(a)1.1. The clerk of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held shall publish a type A notice under s. 10.01 (2) (a) on the 4th Tuesday before the referendum is held.
67.05(3)(a)2. 2. If the referendum is not held in conjunction with a national, state, county or municipal election, the clerk of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held shall publish a type E notice under s. 10.01 (2) (e) on the 4th Tuesday before the referendum is held. If the referendum is a county or municipal referendum and is not held in conjunction with a national, state, county or municipal election, the municipal clerk of each municipality in which the referendum is held shall publish a type E notice on the 4th Tuesday before the referendum is held.
67.05(3)(a)3. 3. The clerk of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held shall publish type B and C notices under s. 10.01 (2) (b) and (c) on the day before the referendum is held.
67.05(3)(a)4. 4. If the referendum is not held in conjunction with a national, state, county or municipal election, the clerk of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held shall publish a type D notice under s. 10.01 (2) (d) on the day before the referendum is held. If the referendum is a county or municipal referendum and is not held in conjunction with a national, state, county or municipal election, the municipal clerk of each municipality in which the referendum is held shall publish a type D notice on the day before the referendum is held.
67.05(3)(a)5. 5. The date for publication of any notice may be changed as provided in s. 10.04 (3) (a).
67.05(3)(a)6. 6. In villages, towns and school districts, posting may be substituted for publication as provided in s. 10.05.
67.05(3)(a)7. 7. Whenever the clerks of more than one jurisdiction are required under this section to publish the same notice on the same day, they may publish one notice only and share the cost under s. 10.07 (1).
67.05(3)(am) (am) The question on which the referendum is held shall be filed as provided in s. 8.37.
67.05(3)(b) (b) The clerk of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held shall prepare or arrange for the preparation of the ballots. If the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held is not a city, village, or town, and the clerk of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held prepares the ballots, the clerk shall deliver the ballots to the municipal clerk of each city, village, or town which is wholly or partly contained within the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held. The form of the ballot shall correspond with the form prescribed by the government accountability board under ss. 5.64 (2) and 7.08 (1) (a).
67.05(3)(c) (c) Absentee ballots shall be distributed by the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners of each municipality which is contained within the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held.
67.05(3)(d) (d) The question shall contain a statement of the purpose for which bonds are to be issued and the maximum amount of the bonds to be issued.
67.05(3)(e) (e) Election officials appointed under s. 7.30 (4) shall conduct the election in each municipality which is contained within the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held.
67.05(3)(f) (f) If a special purpose district calls a referendum to be held in conjunction with a state, county, municipal or judicial election, the polling places for the state, county, municipal or judicial election shall be the polling places for the special purpose district referendum and the municipal election hours shall apply. If no state, county, municipal or judicial election is held on the day of the special purpose district referendum, the governing body of the special purpose district may select the polling places to be used, except as otherwise provided in s. 120.06 (9) (b) in the case of a school district. If a polling place located in the special purpose district that was utilized at the most recent spring or general election is not utilized by the special purpose district, the governing body of the special purpose district shall post a notice on the door of the polling place indicating all polling places open for voting. The municipal clerk of each municipality in which a polling place is located shall provide the necessary equipment to operate the polling place.
67.05(3)(g) (g) The returns shall be canvassed by the board of canvassers of each municipality which is contained within the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held. When a referendum is held in a special purpose district, the board of canvassers shall canvass and certify the returns of the referendum to the clerk of the district in which the referendum is held. The board of canvassers of the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held shall then determine the result of the referendum. If the jurisdiction does not have a board of canvassers, the clerk of the jurisdiction shall appoint 2 reputable citizens who with the clerk shall constitute the board of canvassers. The board of canvassers may return defective returns to the municipal board of canvassers in the manner provided in s. 7.60 (3). The board of canvassers shall prepare a statement showing the number of votes cast for and against the question and shall prepare a determination showing the result of the referendum. Each statement and determination shall be attested by each of the canvassers. The board of canvassers shall file the statement and determination in the office of the clerk of the jurisdiction.
67.05(3)(h) (h) The cost of the election shall be borne as provided in ss. 5.68 and 7.03.
67.05(3)(i) (i) Any special purpose district may delegate any duty which is imposed upon the clerk of the district in connection with the conduct of a referendum under this section to the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners of each municipality which is contained within the jurisdiction in which the referendum is held. The district may compensate the municipality for performing such duties at a rate agreed upon between the district and the municipality.
67.05(4) (4)Permissive referendum in counties. If a county board adopts an initial resolution for an issue of county bonds to provide for the original construction or for the improvement and maintenance of highways, to provide railroad aid, or to construct, acquire or maintain, or to aid in constructing, acquiring or maintaining a bridge over or across any stream or other body of water bordering upon or intersecting any part of the county, the county clerk is not required to submit the resolution for approval to the electors of the county at a special election unless within 30 days after the adoption thereof there is filed with the clerk a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40 requesting such submission, signed by electors numbering at least 10% of the votes cast in the county for governor at the last general election. If a petition is filed, the question submitted shall be whether the resolution shall be or shall not be approved. No such resolution of a county board other than those specified in this subsection need be submitted to county electors, except as provided otherwise in sub. (7).
67.05(5) (5)Referendum in towns, villages and cities.
67.05(5)(a)(a) Whenever an initial resolution has been so adopted by the governing body of a town, the clerk of the municipality shall immediately record the resolution and call a special election for the purpose of submitting the resolution to the electors of the municipality for approval. This paragraph does not apply to bonds issued to finance low-interest mortgage loans under s. 62.237, unless a number of electors equal to at least 15% of the votes cast for governor at the last general election in their town sign and file a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40 with the town clerk requesting submission of the resolution. Whenever a number of electors cannot be determined on the basis of reported statistics, the number shall be determined in accordance with s. 60.74 (6). If a petition is filed, the question submitted shall be whether the resolution shall or shall not be approved. This paragraph is limited in its scope by sub. (7).
67.05(5)(b) (b) No city or village may issue bonds for any purposes other than for water systems, lighting works, gas works, bridges, street lighting, street improvements, street improvement funding, hospitals, airports, harbor improvements, river improvements, breakwaters and protection piers, sewerage, garbage disposal, rubbish or refuse disposal, any combination of sewage, garbage or refuse or rubbish disposal, parks and public grounds, swimming pools and band shells, veterans housing projects, paying the municipality's portion of the cost of abolishing grade crossings, for the construction of police facilities and combined fire and police safety buildings, for the purchase of sites for engine houses, for fire engines and other equipment of the fire department, for construction of engine houses, and for pumps, water mains, reservoirs and all other reasonable facilities for fire protection apparatus or equipment for fire protection, for parking lots or other parking facilities, for school purposes, for libraries, for buildings for the housing of machinery and equipment, for acquiring and developing sites for industry and commerce as will expand the municipal tax base, for financing the cost of low-interest mortgage loans under s. 62.237, for providing financial assistance to blight elimination, slum clearance, community development, redevelopment and urban renewal programs and projects under ss. 66.1105, 66.1301 to 66.1329 and 66.1331 to 66.1337, to issue appropriation bonds under s. 62.62 to pay unfunded prior service liability with respect to an employee retirement system, or for University of Wisconsin System college campuses, as defined in s. 36.05 (6m), until the proposition for their issue for the special purpose has been submitted to the electors of the city or village and adopted by a majority vote. Except as provided under sub. (15), if the common council of a city or the village board of a village declares its purpose to raise money by issuing bonds for any purpose other than those specified in this subsection, it shall direct by resolution, which shall be recorded at length in the record of its proceedings, the clerk to call a special election for the purpose of submitting the question of bonding to the city or village electors. If a number of electors of a city or village equal to at least 15% of the votes cast for governor at the last general election in their city or village sign and file a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40 with the city or village clerk requesting submission of the resolution, the city or village may not issue bonds for financing the cost of low-interest mortgage loans under s. 62.237 without calling a special election to submit the question of bonding to the city or village electors for their approval.
67.05(6) (6)Referendum in other cases. Whenever an initial resolution has been adopted by the governing body of any municipality other than a county, a town, a city, a village, a technical college district, a metropolitan sewerage district created under ss. 200.01 to 200.15 or 200.21 to 200.65, a town sanitary district, a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district, or a board of park commissioners, the clerk of such municipality shall immediately record the resolution and call a special meeting for the purpose of submitting it to the electors of the municipality for ratification or rejection. The calling and conduct of the meeting shall be governed by those statutes, so far as applicable, which govern the calling and conduct of special meetings in general. The notice of the meeting, which shall be publicly read before the balloting shall commence, and the ballot used, shall embody a copy of the resolution; the form of the ballot shall correspond with the form prescribed by the government accountability board under ss. 5.64 (2) and 7.08 (1) (a); and the question submitted shall be whether the resolution shall be approved.
67.05(6a) (6a)School district bonds, referendum.
67.05(6a)(a)1.1. Subsections (2) (a) and (6) do not apply to the issuing of bonds or the borrowing of money by any school district.
67.05(6a)(a)2. 2. Except as provided under pars. (b) and (c) and subs. (7) and (15), if the board of any school district, or the electors at a regularly called school district meeting, by a majority vote adopt an initial resolution to raise an amount of money by a bond issue, the school district clerk shall, within 10 days, publish notice of such adoption as a class 1 notice under ch. 985 or post the notice as provided under s. 10.05. The notice shall state the maximum amount proposed to be borrowed, the purpose of the borrowing, that the resolution was adopted under this subdivision and the place where and the hours during which the resolution may be inspected. The school board shall also do one of the following:
67.05(6a)(a)2.a. a. Direct the school district clerk to call a special election for the purpose of submitting the resolution to the electors for approval or rejection, or direct that the resolution be submitted at the next regularly scheduled primary or election to be held not earlier than 45 days after the adoption of the resolution. The resolution shall not be effective unless adopted by a majority of the school district electors voting at the referendum.
67.05(6a)(a)2.b. b. Specify in the initial resolution the date, time and place for a public hearing on the resolution, which shall be within 10 days after the publication of the notice under subd. 2. (intro.), and whether the public hearing is for informational purposes only or whether electors present at the public hearing will be given an opportunity to vote on whether a referendum shall be held on the initial resolution.
67.05(6a)(am)1.1. If the public hearing under par. (a) 2. b. is for informational purposes only and, within 30 days after the public hearing, a petition is filed with the school district clerk for a referendum on the resolution signed by at least 7,500 electors of the school district or at least 20% of the school district electors, as determined under s. 115.01 (13), whichever is less, the resolution shall not be effective unless adopted by a majority of the school district electors voting at the referendum. The question submitted shall be whether the initial resolution shall or shall not be approved.
67.05(6a)(am)2. 2. If a vote is taken at the public hearing under par. (a) 2. b., and a majority of the electors present and voting at the hearing determine that a referendum shall be held on the initial resolution, the school board shall proceed under par. (a) 2. a.
67.05(6a)(am)3. 3. If a vote is taken at the public hearing under par. (a) 2. b., and a majority of the electors present and voting at the hearing determine that no referendum on the initial resolution shall be held, the resolution shall be effective unless a petition is filed as provided under subd. 1.
67.05(6a)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) 2. applies only if the amount of money to be raised by the bond issue will cause the aggregate amount of outstanding indebtedness of the school district incurred without a referendum since August 9, 1989, excluding amounts specified in par. (bm), to exceed $1,000,000 or an amount determined as follows, whichever is less:
67.05(6a)(b)1. 1. Divide the full value of all taxable property in all school districts operating a high school, as determined under s. 121.06 (1), by the total membership, as defined in s. 121.004 (5), of all school districts.
67.05(6a)(b)2. 2. Multiply the quotient under subd. 1. by 0.015.
67.05(6a)(b)3. 3. Multiply the product under subd. 2. by the school district membership, as defined in s. 121.004 (5).
67.05(6a)(bg) (bg) For a school district from which territory is detached to create a new school district under s. 117.105, the amounts specified and calculated under par. (b) shall be increased, for the construction of a building or an addition to a building only, by the amount determined as follows:
67.05(6a)(bg)1. 1. Determine the number of pupils in each grade level who attended school in the previous school year in a building that was then owned by the school district and has been allocated to another school district by the reorganization and who resided in the previous school year in territory that was not transferred to the other school district. The number shall be the average of such pupils enrolled on the 3rd Friday of September and the 2nd Friday of January.
67.05(6a)(bg)2. 2. The department of safety and professional services shall determine for each grade level in which pupils attended school in a building described in subd. 1., the average cost per square foot for, and the average number of square feet per pupil included in, 2 recently constructed school buildings that were designed to serve pupils of that grade level, as selected by that department.
67.05(6a)(bg)3. 3. For each grade level, multiply the number determined under subd. 1. by the product of the 2 numbers determined under subd. 2., and total the results.
67.05(6a)(bm) (bm) In par. (b) and in s. 67.12 (12) (e) 2g., "outstanding indebtedness" does not include the amount of any of the following:
67.05(6a)(bm)1. 1. Refunding bonds or promissory notes, except such refunding bonds or promissory notes, or portions thereof, that have been issued to refund bonds or promissory notes that were not subject to a referendum as a result of par. (b) or s. 67.12 (12) (e) 2g.
67.05(6a)(bm)2. 2. Borrowings to meet immediate expenses under s. 67.12 (8).
67.05(6a)(bm)3. 3. Bonds or promissory notes that are deemed approved by the school district electors as a result of sub. (7) (d) 3. or s. 67.12 (12) (e) 3.
67.05(6a)(bm)4. 4. Bonds that are not subject to a referendum as a result of sub. (7) (cc), (h) or (i) or promissory notes issued for the purposes of sub. (7) (cc), (h) or (i).
67.05(6a)(c) (c) Paragraph (a) 2. does not apply to borrowing by a school district to meet immediate expenses under s. 67.12 (8).
67.05(6m) (6m)Hearing and referendum in technical college districts. Unless sub. (7) (k) applies, prior to the adoption of an initial resolution under sub. (1), the technical college district board shall adopt a resolution stating its intention to borrow money for the purposes specified in s. 38.16 (2) and setting a date, time and place for a public hearing on the resolution adopted under this subsection which shall be held within 30 days after its adoption. The technical college district secretary immediately shall publish a copy of the resolution adopted under this subsection as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985.
67.05(6m)(a) (a) An initial resolution adopted by a technical college district board for an issue of bonds in an amount of money not exceeding $1,500,000 for building remodeling or improvement need not be submitted to the electors of the district for approval unless within 30 days after the initial resolution is adopted there is filed with the technical college district secretary a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40 requesting a referendum thereon. Such a petition shall be signed by electors from each county lying wholly or partially within the district. The number of electors from each county shall equal at least 1.5% of the population of the county as determined under s. 16.96 (2) (c). If a county lies in more than one district, the technical college system board shall apportion the county's population as determined under s. 16.96 (2) (c) to the districts involved and the petition shall be signed by electors equal to the appropriate percentage of the apportioned population. Any initial resolution adopted under sub. (1) in an amount of money not exceeding $1,500,000 at the discretion of the district board, may be submitted to the electors without waiting for the filing of a petition. All initial resolutions adopted under sub. (1) in an amount of money in excess of $1,500,000 or more for building remodeling or improvement shall be submitted to the electors of the district for approval. If a referendum is duly petitioned or required under this subsection, bonds may not be issued until the electors of the district have approved the issue.
67.05(6m)(b) (b) If a referendum is to be held on an initial resolution, the district board shall direct the technical college district secretary to call a special election for the purpose of submitting the initial resolution to the electors for a referendum on approval or rejection. In lieu of a special election, the district board may specify that the election be held at the next succeeding spring primary or election or partisan primary or general election.
67.05(7) (7)Referendum, when required by electors, when not permitted.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)