59.12 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
The board at the time of the election of the chairperson shall also elect 2
a member vice chairperson, for the same term, who in case of the absence or disability 3
of the chairperson shall perform the chairperson's duties. The board at the time of 4
the election of the chairperson may also elect a member 2nd vice chairperson, for the 5
same term, who in case of the absence or disability of the chairperson and vice 6
chairperson shall perform the duties of the chairperson. The Except for the board
7of a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the
board may provide for the 8
payment of additional compensation to the vice chairpersons.
59.17 (2) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 59.17 (2) (b) (intro.) and 10
amended to read:
(b) (intro.) In any county with a population of 500,000 or more,
and supervise the heads of all departments except where the 14
statutes provide that the appointment shall be made by a board or commission or by 15
other elected officers. Notwithstanding any statutory provision that a board or 16
commission or the county board or county board chairperson appoint a department 17
head, except ss. 17.21 and 59.47 (3), the county executive shall appoint and supervise 18
the department head. Notwithstanding any Except for a
statutory provision which
that a board or commission or the county board shall
supervise the 20
administration of a department, the department head shall supervise the
21administration of the department county executive, exclusively, shall administer,
22supervise, and direct all county departments, including any person who provides
23lobbying services for, or negotiates on behalf of, the county,
and the county board,
or commission shall perform any advisory or policy-making function 25
authorized by statute. Any appointment by the county executive under this
requires the confirmation of the county board unless the 2
county board, by ordinance, elects to waive confirmation. An appointee of the county
3executive may assume his or her duties immediately, pending board action which
4shall take place within 60 days after the county executive submits the appointment
5to the board for confirmation.
Any department head appointed by a county executive 6
under this subsection may be removed at the pleasure of the county executive. The
7county executive shall comply with hiring policies set by the board when making
8appointments under this paragraph.
59.17 (2) (b) 2. to 6. of the statutes are created to read:
(b) 2. Establish departments in county government, and sections and 11
divisions within those departments, that the county executive believes are necessary 12
for the efficient administration of the county. Any department or subunit of a 13
department that the county executive creates under this subdivision may not be 14
established unless its creation is approved by a vote of the board. The county 15
executive, exclusively, shall administer, supervise, and direct any department or 16
subunit of a department that is created under this subdivision, and those 17
departments and subunits shall report to the county executive.
3. Exercise the authority under s. 59.52 (6) (a) that would otherwise be 19
exercised by a county board. With regard to the sale or lease of property, the county 20
executive's action must be consistent with established county board policy and must 21
be approved by the county board to take effect. The county board may only approve 22
or reject the contract as negotiated by the county executive.
4. Sign all contracts, conveyances, and evidences of indebtedness on behalf of 24
the county, to the extent that no other county officer or employee is specifically 25
required to sign such contracts, conveyances, and evidences of indebtedness, and
countersign all other contracts, conveyances, and evidences of indebtedness. No 2
contract with the county is valid unless it is signed or countersigned by the county 3
executive and, as provided in ss. 59.255 (2) (e) and 59.42 (2) (b) 5., by the comptroller 4
and corporation counsel.
5. Introduce proposed ordinances and resolutions for consideration by the 6
6. Hire and supervise the number of employees that the county executive 8
reasonably believes are necessary for him or her to carry out the duties of the county 9
executive's office, subject to board approval of the county executive department 10
59.17 (2) (bm) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(bm) 2. Each appointment under subd. 1. is subject to the confirmation 13
of the county board and is in the unclassified service, serving at the pleasure of the 14
county executive and holding office until a new appointment is made by the county 15
executive and confirmed by the board. An appointee of the county executive may
16assume his or her duties immediately, pending board action which shall take place
17within 60 days after the county executive submits the appointment to the board for
No prior appointee may serve longer than 6 months after the term for 19
which he or she was appointed and confirmed expires, unless reappointed and 20
reconfirmed. The term of each appointment is 4 years or less. The county executive
21shall comply with hiring policies set by the board when making appointments under
59.22 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Except for elective offices included under sub. (1), supervisors and 25
circuit judges, and subject to s. 59.794 (3),
the board has the powers set forth in this
subsection, sub. (3) and s. 59.03 (1) as to any office, department, board, commission, 2
committee, position or employee in county service created under any statute, the 3
salary or compensation for which is paid in whole or in part by the county, and the 4
jurisdiction and duties of which lie within the county or any portion thereof and the 5
powers conferred by this section shall be in addition to all other grants of power and 6
shall be limited only by express language.
59.22 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.22 (3) Reimbursement for expense.
The board may provide for 9
reimbursement to any elective officer, deputy officer, appointive officer or employee 10
for any out-of-pocket expense incurred in the discharge of that person's duty in 11
addition to that person's salary or compensation, including without limitation 12
because of enumeration, traveling expenses, tuition costs incurred in attending 13
courses of instruction clearly related to that person's employment, and the board may 14
establish standard allowances for mileage, room and meals, the purposes for which 15
allowances may be made, and determine the reasonableness and necessity for such 16
reimbursements, and also establish in advance a fair rate of compensation to be paid 17
to the sheriff for the board and care of prisoners in the county jail at county expense. 18Any reimbursement paid under this subsection to an officer or employee of a county
19with a population of 750,000 or more is subject to the budget limitation described in
20s. 59.60 (7e).
59.52 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) How acquired; purposes.
Take Except as provided in s. 59.17 (2)
23(b) 3., take
and hold land acquired under ch. 75 and acquire, lease or rent property, 24
real and personal, for public uses or purposes of any nature, including without 25
limitation acquisitions for county buildings, airports, parks, recreation, highways,
dam sites in parks, parkways and playgrounds, flowages, sewage and waste disposal 2
for county institutions, lime pits for operation under s. 59.70 (24), equipment for 3
clearing and draining land and controlling weeds for operation under s. 59.70 (18), 4
ambulances, acquisition and transfer of real property to the state for new collegiate 5
institutions or research facilities, and for transfer to the state for state parks and for 6
the uses and purposes specified in s. 23.09 (2) (d).
59.52 (31) of the statutes is created to read:
59.52 (31) Public contracts, populous counties.
(a) In this subsection, 9
"county" means any county with a population of 750,000 or more.
(b) 1. Any contract with a value of at least $100,000, but not more than 11
$300,000, to which a county is a party and which satisfies any other statutory 12
requirements, may take effect only if the board's finance committee does not vote to 13
approve or reject the contract within 14 days after the contract is signed or 14
countersigned by the county executive, or as described in subd. 2.
2. If a board's finance committee votes to approve a contract described under 16
subd. 1, the contract may take effect. If a board's finance committee votes to reject 17
a contract described under subd. 1., the contract may take effect only if the contract 18
is approved by a vote of the board within 30 days after the board's finance committee 19
votes to reject the contract.
(c) Any single contract, or group of contracts between the same parties which 21
generally relate to the same transaction, with a value or aggregate value of more 22
than $300,000, to which a county is a party and which satisfies any other statutory 23
requirements, may take effect only if it is approved by a vote of the board.
(d) With regard to any contract to which a county is a party and which is subject 25
to review by the board or by a committee of the board under this subsection, the
board's finance committee is the only committee which has jurisdiction over the 2
59.53 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) The board shall contract with the department of children and 5
families to implement and administer the child and spousal support and 6
establishment of paternity and the medical support liability programs provided for 7
by Title IV of the federal social security act, except that in a county with a population
8of 750,000 or more the county executive, exclusively, shall exercise all of this
. The board may designate by board resolution any office, officer, board, 10
department or agency, except the clerk of circuit court, as the county child support 11
agency and, in a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county executive
12shall administer the designated county child support agency
. The board or,
child support agency, or county executive of a county with a population of 750,000 or
shall implement and administer the programs in accordance with the contract 15
with the department of children and families. The attorneys responsible for support 16
enforcement under sub. (6) (a), circuit court commissioners and all other county 17
officials shall cooperate with the county and the department of children and families 18
as necessary to provide the services required under the programs. The county shall 19
charge the fee established by the department of children and families under s. 49.22 20
for services provided under this paragraph to persons not receiving benefits under 21
s. 49.148 or 49.155 or assistance under s. 48.645, 49.19, 49.46, 49.465, 49.47, 49.471, 22
59.53 (6) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2. and in a county with a population
25of 750,000 or more
, each board shall employ or contract with attorneys to provide
support enforcement. In a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county
2executive shall hire or contract with attorneys to provide support enforcement under
Section 59.42 (1), (2) (a) and (3) does not preclude a board from 4
assigning these support enforcement duties to any attorney employed by the county.
59.53 (6) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 2. If on June 1, 1989, a county has 1.0 or more full-time equivalent 7
attorney positions that have primary responsibility for handling cases described in 8
par. (b), as determined by the district attorney of the prosecutorial unit, the county 9
shall establish and maintain a support enforcement office consisting of support 10
enforcement attorneys and office personnel. In counties having a population of less 11
than 500,000, a county budget under s. 65.90 shall list the proposed appropriation 12
under s. 65.90 (2) for the support enforcement office separate from any other office, 13
department or activity. In counties having a population of 500,000 or more, a county 14
budget shall treat a support enforcement office as a department, as defined in s. 15
59.60 (2) (a), separate from all other departments, and administered by the county
. If a county ceases to employ 1.0 or more full-time equivalent attorney 17
positions in the office, the county may provide support enforcement under subd. 1.
59.53 (20) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.53 (20) Work centers.
The board may establish and
operate a work center 20
licensed under s. 104.07 to provide employment for severely handicapped 21
individuals, except that in a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county
22executive shall be in charge of the operation of the work center
59.53 (21) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.53 (21) Operation of relief programs.
The board may establish and
a program of relief for a specific class or classes of persons residing in that county,
1except that in a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county executive
2shall be in charge of the operation of the program of relief
. The county may set such 3
eligibility criteria to obtain relief, and may provide such services, commodities or 4
money as relief, as the county determines to be reasonable and necessary under the 5
circumstances. The program may include work components. The county may enact 6
any ordinances necessary or useful to the operation of a relief program under this 7
subsection. Counties may use vehicle registration information from the department 8
of transportation in determining eligibility for relief programs under this subsection.
59.56 (11) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.56 (11) Fish and game.
The board may establish, maintain,
and operate fish 11
hatcheries and facilities for raising game birds, except that in a county with a
12population of 750,000 or more, the county may own the hatcheries and facilities, but
13must lease the hatcheries and facilities to another person who will maintain and
59.60 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.60 (7) Publication of budget and public hearing.
The board shall refer the 17
executive's or administrator's budget to the finance committee and such committee 18
shall publish as a class 1 notice, under ch. 985, a summary of the executive's or 19
administrator's budget and comparative figures together with a statement of the 20
county's bonded indebtedness, in the 2 daily newspapers having the largest 21
circulation in the county, and shall make available to the general public reprinted 22
copies of the summary as published. The publication shall also state the date, hour, 23
and place of the public hearing to be held by the board on such executive's or 24
administrator's budget. The board shall, not less than 14 days after publication of 25
the summary of the executive's or administrator's budget, but not later than the first
Monday in November of each year and prior to the adoption of the property tax levy, 2
hold a public hearing on such executive's or administrator's budget, at which time 3
citizens may appear and express their opinions. After such public hearing, and on 4
or before the annual meeting, the finance committee shall submit to the board its 5
recommendations for amendments to the executive's or administrator's budget, if 6
any, and the board shall adopt the budget with such changes as it considers proper 7
and advisable. Subject to sub. (7e), the board of a county with a population of at least
8500,000 may not adopt a budget in which the total amount of budgeted expenditures
9related to the compensation of county board members, and to any other costs that are
10directly related to the operation and functioning of the county board, including staff,
11is greater than 0.4 percent of the county portion of the tax levy for that year to which
12the budget applies.
When so adopted, the sums provided shall, subject to the 13
provisions of sub. (8), constitute legal appropriations and anticipated revenues for 14
the ensuing year.
59.60 (7e) of the statutes is created to read:
59.60 (7e) Milwaukee county budget cap.
The 0.4 percent budget limitation 17
for a county with a population of at least 500,000 that is described in sub. (7) does 18
not apply to any of the following elements of the county's budget:
(a) Any costs related to pension and health care payments for retired county 20
officers, employees, and their families.
(b) The costs for the salary of county board supervisors and the county board 22
chairperson for any term that begins before April 2016.
(c) Any costs associated with duties performed by the county clerk under s. 24
59.698 of the statutes is amended to read:
159.698 Zoning, building inspector.
Except as provided under s. 59.69 (2) 2
(bm), for the enforcement of all laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enacted 3
under s. 59.69, the board may appoint a building inspector, define the building 4
inspector's duties and fix the building inspector's term of office and compensation. 5This section does not apply to a county with a population of 750,000 or more.
59.70 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.70 (7) Soil conservation.
The board of any county with a population of less
may contract to do soil conservation work on privately owned land 9
either directly or through a committee designated by it.
59.70 (8m) of the statutes is amended to read:
59.70 (8m) Harbor improvement.
The board may establish, own, operate,
and improve harbor facilities on land owned by the county that is 13
located in this state or in another state, subject to the laws of the state in which the 14
land is located, and may appropriate money for the activities specified in this 15
subsection, except that in a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county
16executive shall be in charge of the operation of the harbor facilities
59.70 (12) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) A county or 2 or more contiguous counties may establish a district 19
to control mosquitoes, upon a majority vote of each board, except that the board of
20a county with a population of 750,000 or more may not take any action under this
21subsection or sub. (13)
59.79 (6) of the statutes is repealed.
59.79 (11) of the statutes is repealed.
59.79 (12) of the statutes is repealed.
59.79 (13) of the statutes is repealed.
59.794 of the statutes is created to read:
259.794 Milwaukee County; limitations on board authority and on
3intergovernmental cooperation, shared services. (1) Definitions.
In this 4
(a) "Agreement" means an intergovernmental cooperation agreement under s. 6
66.0301, or a contract to provide consolidated services under s. 59.03 (2) (e), entered 7
into by a county and another local governmental unit.
(b) "Board" means the board of a county.
(c) "County" means a county with a population of 750,000 or more.
(d) "Executive council" means a body that consists of the elected executive 11
officer of every city and village that is wholly located within the county and who is 12
also a member of the executive council as described in s. 200.23 (2) (b).
(e) "Local governmental unit" has the meaning given in s. 66.0131 (1) (a).
14(2) Limitation on agreements.
Before an agreement may take effect and 15
become binding on a county, it must be approved by the executive council. If the 16
county enters into an agreement, the executive council shall meet as soon as 17
practicable to vote on the agreement.
18(3) Limitations on board authority.
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 19
59.51, the board may not exercise day-to-day control of any county department or 20
subunit of a department. Such control may be exercised only by the county executive 21
as described in s. 59.17.
(b) A board may require, as necessary, the attendance of any county employee 23
or officer at a board meeting to provide information and answer questions. Except 24
as provided in par. (d), for the purpose of inquiry, or to refer a specific constituent 25
concern, the board and its members may deal with county departments and subunits
of departments solely through the county executive, and no supervisor may give 2
instructions or orders to any subordinate of the county executive that would conflict 3
with this section.
(c) The board may not create any county department or subunit of a 5
department, except as provided in s. 59.17 (2) (b) 2.
(d) The board may use the legal services of the corporation counsel under s. 7
(e) The board may not terminate, lower the salary or benefits of, or eliminate 9
the position of, any county employee who works in the office of the county executive 10
unless a similar change is made which affects county employees, on a countywide 11
basis, in all other county departments. This paragraph does not apply after the 12
county board supervisors who are elected in the 2016 spring election take office.
59.875 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Payment of contributions in and employment of
15annuitants under an employee retirement system of populous counties.
59.875 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
No individual who is receiving an annuity under an employee 18
retirement system of a county and who is reemployed by the county may continue to 19
receive the annuity if a similarly situated individual who is receiving an annuity 20
under the Wisconsin Retirement System and who was reemployed by a participating 21
employer under that system would be required to terminate the annuity.
66.0301 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0301 (2) In Subject to s. 59.794 (2), and in
addition to the provisions of any 24
other statutes specifically authorizing cooperation between municipalities, unless 25
those statutes specifically exclude action under this section, any municipality may
contract with other municipalities and with federally recognized Indian tribes and 2
bands in this state, for the receipt or furnishing of services or the joint exercise of any 3
power or duty required or authorized by law. If municipal or tribal parties to a 4
contract have varying powers or duties under the law, each may act under the 5
contract to the extent of its lawful powers and duties. A contract under this 6
subsection may bind the contracting parties for the length of time specified in the 7
contract. This section shall be interpreted liberally in favor of cooperative action 8
between municipalities and between municipalities and Indian tribes and bands in 9
111.70 (1) (j) of the statutes is renumbered 111.70 (1) (j) (intro.) and 11
amended to read:
(j) (intro.) "Municipal employer" means any city, of the following:
132. a. Except as provided in subd. 2. b., any
141. Any city
, village, town, metropolitan sewerage district, school district, 15
long-term care district, transit authority under s. 59.58 (7) or 66.1039, local cultural 16
arts district created under subch. V of ch. 229, or any other political subdivision of 17
the state, or instrumentality of one or more political subdivisions of the state, that 18
engages the services of an employee and includes any person acting on behalf of a 19
municipal employer within the scope of the person's authority, express or implied.
111.70 (1) (j) 2. b. of the statutes is created to read:
(j) 2. b. In a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the county 22
289.33 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) "Local approval" includes any requirement for a permit, license, 25
authorization, approval, variance or exception or any restriction, condition of
approval or other restriction, regulation, requirement or prohibition imposed by a 2
charter ordinance, general ordinance, zoning ordinance, resolution or regulation by 3
a town, city, village, county or special purpose district, including without limitation 4
because of enumeration any ordinance, resolution or regulation adopted under s. 5
91.73, 2007 stats., s. 59.03 (2), 59.11 (5), 59.42 (1), 59.48, 59.51 (1) and (2), 59.52 (2), 6
(5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (11), (12), (13), (15), (16), (17), (18), (19), (20), (21), (22), (23), (24), 7
(25), (26) and (27), 59.53 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (7), (8), (9), (11), (12), (13), (14), (15), (19), 8
(20) and (23), 59.535 (2), (3) and (4), 59.54 (1), (2), (3), (4), (4m), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10), 9
(11), (12), (16), (17), (18), (19), (20), (21), (22), (23), (24), (25) and (26), 59.55 (3), (4), 10
(5) and (6), 59.56 (1), (2), (4), (5), (6), (7), (9), (10), (11), (12), (12m), (13) and (16), 59.57 11
(1), 59.58 (1) and (5), 59.62, 59.69, 59.692, 59.693, 59.696, 59.697, 59.698, 59.70 (1), 12
(2), (3), (5), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (21), (22) and (23), 59.79 (1), (2), (3), (5), (6),
(7), (8), 13and
(10) and (11),
59.792 (2) and (3), 59.80, 59.82, 60.10, 60.22, 60.23, 60.54, 60.77, 14
61.34, 61.35, 61.351, 61.354, 62.11, 62.23, 62.231, 62.234, 66.0101, 66.0415, 87.30, 15
196.58, 200.11 (8), 236.45, 281.43 or 349.16, subch. VIII of ch. 60, or subch. III of ch. 16
806.155 of the statutes is repealed.
(1) (a) Notwithstanding section 8.37 of the statutes, if this act is enacted on or 20
before February 18, 2014, there shall be submitted to a vote of the electors of each 21
county with a population of at least 500,000 at the spring election to be held on 22
April 1, 2014, the following question: "Shall that portion of 2013 Wisconsin Act .... 23
(this act) which limits the compensation of members of the board of supervisors of .... 24
(name of county) other than the chairperson of the board and chairperson of the 25
finance committee to receipt of an annual salary of not more than the annual per
capita income of this county and which limits the compensation of the chairperson 2
of the board to not more than 150 percent of that amount and the chairperson of the 3
finance committee to not more than 125 percent of that amount, subject to 4
limitations and adjustments specified by law; and which prohibits supervisors from 5
receiving any compensation or benefits not specifically authorized or required by law 6
become effective in this county on April 18, 2016?"
(b) If the question under paragraph (a) is approved by a majority of all votes 8
cast on the question at the election in the county, the portions of this act specified in 9
paragraph (a) shall take effect in that county; otherwise, the portions of this act 10
specified in paragraph (a) shall not take effect in that county.
(2) Notwithstanding section 59.52 (25) of the statutes, the Milwaukee County 12
board of supervisors may not schedule a referendum to be held on April 1,
2014, with 13
respect to any matter that is subject to the approval of the electors of the county on 14
that date under subsection (1).