157.12(3) (3)Care fund for mausoleums.
157.12(3)(a)(a) Any person who operates a public mausoleum shall establish a care fund as follows:
157.12(3)(a)1. 1. If the mausoleum has been in existence since June 15, 1933, and is covered by the care fund of the cemetery in which the mausoleum is located, the cemetery shall deposit at least 15 percent of each payment of principal received from the sale of a mausoleum space into the care fund, until the care fund equals 10 percent of the cost of constructing the mausoleum.
157.12(3)(a)2. 2. Except as provided in subd. 1., the operator of the mausoleum shall deposit at least 25 percent of each payment of principal received from the sale of a mausoleum space into the care fund, until the care fund equals 25 percent of the cost of constructing the mausoleum.
157.12(3)(a)3. 3. The operator shall make deposits required under subds. 1. and 2. within 30 days after the last day of the month in which the payment is received. The municipality in which the mausoleum is located may, by ordinance, require a larger fund, but only if the cemetery board notifies the municipality in writing that the cemetery board approves of the requirement. The cemetery board may promulgate rules establishing uniform standards for approvals under this subdivision.
157.12(3)(b) (b) The cemetery's treasurer is the custodian of the fund. The treasurer shall file with the cemetery, at the cemetery's expense, a bond with sureties approved by the cemetery board to indemnify the cemetery against loss if the treasurer fails to maintain the fund. No indemnity is required if the terms of sale of a mausoleum space require the purchaser to pay directly to a trust company in the state, designated by the cemetery as custodian of the fund. The fund shall be invested as provided in s. 157.19. Income from investment may be used only to maintain the mausoleum, except that if the amount of income exceeds the amount necessary to properly maintain the mausoleum the excess amount may be used to maintain any portion of the cemetery.
157.123 157.123 Columbaria maintained by religious associations.
157.123(1)(1)Definition. In this section, “columbarium" has the meaning given in s. 440.70 (4).
157.123(2) (2)Exemption. A columbarium that is established and used by a religious association is not subject to any requirement under this subchapter applicable to a mausoleum or cemetery if all of the following requirements are satisfied:
157.123(2)(a) (a) The columbarium shall be located on property owned by the religious association and on which is located the religious association's church building or other place of worship.
157.123(2)(b) (b) The religious association shall ensure that the columbarium is perpetually kept and maintained in a manner consistent with the intent of this chapter.
157.123(2)(c) (c) If the religious association ceases to use or occupy the church building or other place of worship where the columbarium is located, the religious association shall relocate all of the urns in the columbarium containing cremated remains.
157.123(2)(d) (d) The religious association shall deposit, within 30 days after receipt of the payment, at least 25 percent of each payment of principal received from the sale of a niche in the columbarium into a care fund, until the care fund equals 25 percent of the cost of constructing the columbarium. The care fund and any income from investment of the care fund may be used only to maintain the columbarium.
157.123(2)(e)1.1. Annually, the religious association shall file a certification with the department on a form prescribed and furnished by the department that includes all of the following:
157.123(2)(e)1.a. a. The name and address of the religious association and the address where the columbarium is located.
157.123(2)(e)1.b. b. A notarized statement of an authorized agent of the religious association that the religious association is in full compliance with par. (d).
157.123(2)(e)2. 2. A certification under this paragraph is effective for a 12-month period, beginning on the date the certification is filed with the department.
157.123(2)(e)3. 3. During the effective period specified under subd. 2., the department may not audit the care fund or any records or accounts of the religious association relating to the care fund for the columbarium to which the certification applies.
157.123(2)(e)4. 4. The religious association is liable for the damages of any person resulting from the failure of the religious association to fully comply with par. (d) during the effective period specified under subd. 2.
157.123(3) (3)Application.
157.123(3)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (b), this section applies to all columbaria, including columbaria for which initial construction was commenced prior to November 13, 2015.
157.123(3)(b) (b) This section does not apply to a columbarium for which initial construction was commenced during the period beginning on November 13, 2015, and ending on November 30, 2016.
157.123 History History: 2015 a. 95.
157.125 157.125 Trustees for the care of cemeteries or cemetery lots.
157.125(1)(1) If a trust is created for the care of a burial place or grave but no trustee is named in the will to administer the trust, the circuit court having jurisdiction may name the county treasurer of the county in which the burial place or grave is situated as trustee, except as provided in sub. (2). If not contrary to the terms of the trust, the county treasurer may contract with the person in charge of the burial place or grave for its care and pay to that person the income from the trust property or the part of the income that may be necessary for that purpose. If there is no person in charge of the burial place or grave, then the income shall be paid to the city, village, or town, in which the burial place or grave is situated, and for the purposes of this subsection, the governing body of that municipality has the duty of caring for the burial place or grave to the extent of money received for that purpose. The county treasurer shall annually render an account to the circuit court as provided in ch. 701 and the person or municipality receiving money for such care shall also render an annual accounting to the circuit court and the cemetery board as provided in s. 157.62 (2) (b) 3. to 7.
157.125(2) (2) If the burial place or grave is located in a cemetery owned and operated by, or affiliated with, a religious association, the court shall name the religious association as the trustee unless the religious association petitions the court to name the county treasurer as the trustee.
157.125 History History: 1971 c. 41 s. 11; 1979 c. 175 s. 50; 1989 a. 307; 2015 a. 237.
157.128 157.128 Minimum acreage requirement for cemetery established on or after November 1, 1991.
157.128(1) (1) Except as provided in subs. (2) and (3), no cemetery may be dedicated on or after November 1, 1991, unless the cemetery consists of at least 20 contiguous acres.
157.128(2) (2) A cemetery consisting of less than 20 contiguous acres may be dedicated on or after November 1, 1991, if all of the following apply:
157.128(2)(a) (a) The cemetery is owned by a religious association.
157.128(2)(b) (b) The religious association is responsible for all liabilities of the cemetery.
157.128(2)(c) (c) The total acreage of all other cemeteries owned by the religious association exceeds 20 acres.
157.128(3) (3)
157.128(3)(a)(a) A cemetery consisting of less than 20 contiguous acres may be dedicated in a municipality that has enacted an ordinance under s. 157.129 if the cemetery meets the minimum acreage requirement specified in that ordinance.
157.128(3)(b) (b) A cemetery consisting of less than 20 contiguous acres may be dedicated by a cemetery authority that is not required to be licensed under s. 440.91 (1) and that is not organized or conducted for pecuniary profit.
157.128 History History: 1989 a. 307; 1991 a. 269; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2005 a. 25.
157.129 157.129 Minimum acreage of cemeteries; local ordinance. A city, village or town may enact and enforce an ordinance that does any of the following:
157.129(1) (1) Allows a cemetery consisting of less than the minimum acreage specified in s. 157.128 (1) to be dedicated, as defined in s. 157.061 (4), in that city, village or town.
157.129(2) (2) Allows a person to establish and use a public mausoleum in a cemetery consisting of less than the minimum acreage specified in s. 157.12 (2) (c).
157.129 History History: 1991 a. 269; 1999 a. 150 s. 157; Stats. s. 157.129.
157.19 157.19 Deposit and investment of care funds and preneed trust funds.
157.19(1)(1) In this section, “financial institution" has the meaning given in s. 705.01 (3), but, except with respect to the deposit of preneed trust funds, also includes a broker-dealer registered under s. 551.401 (1) or exempt from registration under s. 551.401 (2).
157.19(2) (2)
157.19(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in sub. (5) and the rules promulgated under sub. (4), the cemetery authority may deposit care funds under s. 157.11 (9g), and shall deposit care funds under s. 157.12 (3) and preneed trust funds under s. 440.92, with a financial institution located in this state. The financial institution shall be the trustee of the care funds and preneed trust funds. A bank need not comply with s. 221.0316 (1) or (2) or ch. 223 to accept or disburse deposits under this section. The trustee shall invest the care funds and preneed trust funds as provided under s. 881.01, except as provided in sub. (5) and the rules promulgated under sub. (4).
157.19(2)(b) (b) The cemetery authority may not change the trustee of a care fund under s. 157.11 (9g) that is deposited under this section or of a care fund under s. 157.12 (3), and the financial institution may not release any portion of the principal amount of the care fund, without the cemetery board's written approval.
157.19(2)(c) (c) Upon request of the financial institution, the preneed seller, as defined in s. 440.90 (8), shall furnish the financial institution with a copy of the preneed sales contract. Except as provided in s. 440.92 (2) (c), (f) and (j) and (5), preneed trust funds, and any interest or dividends that have accumulated on the preneed trust funds, may not be withdrawn until all obligations under the preneed sales contract have been fulfilled. The financial institution is not responsible for the fulfillment of any part of the preneed sales contract, except that the financial institution shall release the preneed trust funds, and any interest or dividends that have accumulated on the preneed trust funds, as provided by the terms of the preneed sales contract. The trustee of a preneed trust fund may not be changed without the cemetery board's written approval. If the trustee or account number of a preneed trust fund is changed, the cemetery authority shall notify the cemetery board in writing within 30 days after the change.
157.19(2)(d) (d) The cemetery board shall promulgate rules establishing reasonable requirements and standards for the approval of changes under pars. (b) and (c). For approval of changes under par. (b), the rules shall require the cemetery authority to submit evidence that the rights and interests of the beneficiary of the care fund will be adequately protected if the change is approved. For approval of changes under par. (c), the rules shall require the trustee to submit evidence that the rights and interests of the purchaser under the preneed sales contract will be adequately protected if the change is approved.
157.19(4) (4) The cemetery board may promulgate rules allowing funds invested under this section to be deposited with a financial institution located outside this state.
157.19(5) (5)
157.19(5)(a)(a) This section does not apply to care funds of a cemetery for which a certification under s. 157.63 is effective, to preneed trust funds of a cemetery for which a certification under s. 440.92 (9) is effective, or to care funds or preneed trust funds of a cemetery authority that is not required to be licensed under s. 440.91 (1) or registered under s. 440.91 (1m).
157.19(5)(b) (b) If the cemetery board determines that care funds under s. 157.11 (9g) are not being properly segregated from other moneys held by the cemetery authority or that those care funds are not being properly invested as required in s. 157.11 (9g) (a), the cemetery board may require the cemetery authority to deposit those care funds with a financial institution for investment under this section.
157.19(6) (6) Nothing in this section prevents a cemetery authority from combining its care funds and preneed trust funds for investment under this section if the cemetery authority maintains separate accountings for each fund.
157.19(7) (7) Except as provided in sub. (5) (a), this section applies to every care fund and every preneed trust fund of a cemetery authority, regardless of when the care fund or preneed trust fund was established.
157.19 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. CB 4, Wis. adm. code.
157.50 157.50 Municipal cemeteries.
157.50(1) (1) Municipalities may acquire by gift, purchase or condemnation land for cemeteries within or without their boundaries. In the case of towns acquisition and price must be authorized by the town meeting.
157.50(2) (2) The governing body of every municipality acquiring a cemetery shall by ordinance determine the system of management and operation. Any municipality may proceed under s. 157.07, 157.08 or 157.11 (7), or otherwise as provided by ordinance.
157.50(3) (3) Upon organization of a cemetery association to take over a municipal cemetery, the municipality may convey real property and all funds and other personal property to the association. In towns the conveyance must be authorized by the town meeting.
157.50(4) (4) When a town cemetery becomes embraced within a city or village, it shall be managed as though acquired thereby.
157.50(5) (5) The town meeting may authorize the town board to appropriate up to $500 in any year for the improvement of the town cemetery, under supervision of the town board.
157.50(6) (6) Any municipality that creates a care fund shall invest the money received for care as provided by ch. 881. The municipality may terminate the care fund, transferring the money to its general fund, if the municipality owns the cemetery and provides all maintenance expenses in perpetuity for those graves in the cemetery at the time of termination.
157.50 History History: 1971 c. 41 s. 12; 1979 c. 254; 1983 a. 532; 1989 a. 307.
157.60 157.60 Public easement in cemetery. Any person who opens or makes any highway, town way, or private way or constructs any railroad, turnpike, or canal or anything in the nature of a public easement over, through, in, or upon such part of any enclosure, being the property of any municipality, religious association, or private proprietor, as may be used for burial, unless an authority for that purpose is specially granted by law or unless the consent of such municipality, religious association, or private proprietor is first obtained by the person, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than one year and by fine not exceeding $3,000.
157.60 History History: 2015 a. 237.
157.62 157.62 Reporting; record keeping; audits.
157.62(1) (1)Cemetery associations.
157.62(1)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b) and s. 157.625, every cemetery association shall file an annual report with the cemetery board. The report shall be made on a calendar-year basis unless the cemetery board, by rule, provides for other reporting periods. The report is due on the 60th day after the last day of the reporting period. The annual report shall include all of the following:
157.62(1)(a)1. 1. The name of the cemetery association and the address of its principal office.
157.62(1)(a)2. 2. The name, residence address and business address of each officer, director and trustee of the cemetery association.
157.62(1)(a)3. 3. The name, residence address and business address of each shareholder who beneficially owns, holds or has the power to vote 5 percent or more of any class of securities issued by the cemetery association.
157.62(1)(a)4. 4. The dates and places of all meetings and elections.
157.62(1)(a)5. 5. A statement of whether the cemetery association engaged in the operation of a cemetery during the previous calendar year.
157.62(1)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to any person required to file a report under s. 180.1622 or 181.1622.
157.62(1)(c) (c) The cemetery board may prescribe and furnish forms for reports required under this subsection. If the cemetery board prescribes forms under this paragraph, the cemetery board shall mail the forms to cemetery associations required to file under par. (a) no later than 60 days before the reports are due.
157.62(2) (2)Cemetery authorities.
157.62(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in ss. 157.625 and 157.63 (1), every cemetery authority shall file an annual report with the cemetery board. The report shall be made on a form prescribed and furnished by the cemetery board. The report shall be made on a calendar-year basis unless the cemetery board, by rule, provides for other reporting periods. The report is due on the 60th day after the last day of the reporting period.
157.62(2)(b) (b) The cemetery authority shall include all of the following in the annual report required under par. (a):
157.62(2)(b)1. 1. A copy of any report required under sub. (1) (a) or s. 180.1622 or 181.1622.
157.62(2)(b)2. 2. If the cemetery authority is required to file a report under s. 180.1622 or 181.1622, the information specified in sub. (1) (a) 3.
157.62(2)(b)3. 3. An accounting of amounts deposited in, amounts withdrawn from, income accruing to and the balance at the close of the reporting period of any preneed trust funds of the cemetery.
157.62(2)(b)4. 4. An accounting of amounts deposited in, amounts withdrawn from, other income accruing to and the balance at the end of the reporting period of care funds of the cemetery, including the funds in ss. 157.11 (9g) (a), 157.12 (3) and 157.125.
157.62(2)(b)5. 5. An accounting of all gifts received, income from gifts deposited in accounts not accounted for under subd. 4., amounts expended from those accounts and the balance of those accounts at the end of the reporting period.
157.62(2)(b)6. 6. The name and address of each trustee for the funds under subds. 3. to 5. and of the financial institution holding those accounts at the close of the reporting period.
157.62(2)(b)6m. 6m. The names of the officers of the cemetery authority.
157.62(2)(b)7. 7. The information specified in sub. (1) (a), to the extent applicable, if the cemetery is not required to file a report under sub. (1) (a) or s. 180.1622 or 181.1622.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before May 23, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after May 23, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 5-23-18)