2003 WISCONSIN ACT 93
An Act to amend 66.0229, 66.1001 (3) (d) and 79.036 (1) (d); and to create 66.0230 of the statutes; relating to: creating a new method for towns to consolidate.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
66.0229 of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0229 Consolidation. Subject to s. 66.0307 (7), a town, village or city may be consolidated with a contiguous town, village or city, by ordinance, passed by a two-thirds vote of all the members of each board or council, fixing the terms of the consolidation and ratified by the electors at a referendum held in each municipality. The ballots shall bear the words, "for consolidation", and "against consolidation", and if a majority of the votes cast in each municipality are for consolidation, the ordinances shall take effect and have the force of a contract. The ordinance and the result of the referendum shall be certified as provided in s. 66.0211 (5); if a town the certification shall be preserved as provided in ss. 66.0211 (5) and 66.0235, respectively. Consolidation does not affect the preexisting rights or liabilities of any municipality and actions on those rights or liabilities may be commenced or completed as if there were no consolidation. A consolidation ordinance proposing the consolidation of a town and another municipality a city or village shall, within 10 days after its adoption and prior to its submission to the voters for ratification at a referendum, be submitted to the circuit court and the department of administration for a determination of whether the proposed consolidation is in the public interest. The circuit court shall determine whether the proposed ordinance meets the formal requirements of this section and shall then refer the matter to the department of administration, which shall find as prescribed in s. 66.0203 whether the proposed consolidation is in the public interest in accordance with the standards in s. 66.0207. The department's findings have the same status as incorporation findings under ss. 66.0203 to 66.0213.
66.0230 of the statutes is created to read:
66.0230 Town consolidation with a city or village. (1) (a) In addition to the method described in s. 66.0229 and subject to subs. (2), (3), and (4) and to s. 66.0307 (7), all or part of a town may consolidate with a contiguous city or village by ordinance passed by a two-thirds vote of all of the members of each board or council and ratified by the electors at a referendum held in each municipality.
(b) With regard to the referendum, the ballots shall bear the words "for consolidation," and "against consolidation," and if a majority of the votes cast in each municipality are for consolidation the ordinances shall take effect and have the force of a contract. The ordinance and the result of the referendum shall be certified as provided in s. 66.0211 (5).
(c) Consolidation does not affect the preexisting rights or liabilities of any municipality and actions on those rights or liabilities may be commenced or completed as if there were no consolidation.
(2) All or part of a town may consolidate with a city or village under sub. (1) if all of the following apply:
(a) The town, and the city or village, adopt identical resolutions that describe the level of services that residents of the proposed city or village will receive, or have access to, in at least all of the following areas:
1. Public parks services.
2. Public health services.
3. Animal control services.
4. Library services.
5. Fire and emergency rescue services.
6. Law enforcement services.
(b) The town, and the city or village, adopt identical resolutions that relate to the ownership or leasing of government buildings.
(c) The city or village with which the town wishes to consolidate enters into a separate boundary agreement, subject to approval of the town board of the town to be consolidated, with every city, village, and town that borders the proposed consolidated city or village. Each boundary agreement shall determine the boundaries between the parties to the agreement. The boundary agreement shall state the term of the agreement and shall contain the procedures under which the agreement may be amended during its term. A boundary agreement entered into under this paragraph is a binding contract upon the parties.
(d) The consolidating town, and city or village, agree to adopt a comprehensive plan under s. 66.1001 for the consolidated city or village, and the comprehensive plan takes effect on the effective date of the consolidation.
(e) At least some part of the consolidated city or village receives sewage disposal services.
(3) If less than an entire town consolidates with a city or village under sub. (1), the consolidation may not take effect unless the town enters into an agreement with a city, village, or town that has a common boundary with the remnant of the town that is not consolidated under which the town remnant becomes part of the city, village, or town with the common boundary. If a town remnant becomes part of a city or village, an agreement described under this subsection shall be included in each boundary agreement under sub. (2) (c) that is entered into by a city, village, or town that borders the remnant. An agreement entered into under this subsection is a binding contract upon the parties.
(4) In this section, a municipality that borders or has a common boundary with another municipality includes municipalities that intersect at only one point.
66.1001 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.1001 (3) (d) Consolidation of territory under s. 66.0229 or 66.0230.
79.036 (1) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
79.036 (1) (d) The department of revenue shall consider a consolidation ordinance under s. 66.0229 or 66.0230 to be an agreement to consolidate municipal services for purposes of this subsection.