229.50(1)(1)Establishment of special debt service reserve funds. A district may establish one or more special funds to secure its bonds, referred to in this subchapter as special debt service reserve funds, if, prior to each issuance of bonds to be secured by the special debt service reserve fund, the secretary of administration determines that all of the following conditions are met with respect to the bonds:
229.50(1)(a) (a) Substantial statewide public purpose. The proceeds of the bonds, other than refunding bonds, will be used in connection with an exposition center, or an exposition center facility used primarily to support the activities of an exposition center, or a sports and entertainment arena, or sports and entertainment arena facilities, that serves a substantial statewide public purpose. An exposition center serves a substantial statewide public purpose if all of the following conditions are met:
229.50(1)(a)1. 1. Each sponsoring municipality of the district adopts a resolution that certifies that the exposition center meets all of the following conditions:
229.50(1)(a)1.a. a. The exposition center includes or will include an exhibition hall of at least 100,000 square feet.
229.50(1)(a)1.b. b. The exposition center is reasonably projected to support at least 2,000 full-time equivalent jobs.
229.50(1)(a)1.c. c. The exposition center is reasonably projected to stimulate at least $6,500,000,000 in total spending in the state over the 30-year period beginning on the date on which the bonds are issued.
229.50(1)(a)1.d. d. The exposition center is reasonably projected to attract at least 50,000 out-of-state visitors annually.
229.50(1)(a)1.e. e. The exposition center is reasonably projected to generate at least $150,000,000 of incremental state income, franchise and sales tax revenues over the 30-year period beginning on the date on which the bonds are issued.
229.50(1)(a)2. 2. Each sponsoring municipality sends a copy of the resolution adopted under subd. 1. to the secretary of administration and the secretary of revenue.
229.50(1)(a)3. 3. Neither the secretary of administration nor the secretary of revenue determines that a resolution provided under subd. 2. does not meet the conditions under subd. 1. If a secretary makes a determination under this subdivision, the secretary shall provide written notice of his or her determination and the reasons for his or her determination to each sponsoring municipality of the district within 30 days after receiving a copy of all resolutions under subd. 2. A determination under this subdivision is not subject to review under ch. 227, but sponsoring municipalities may resubmit resolutions under subd. 1. at any time after a secretary issues a determination under this subdivision.
229.50(1)(b) (b) Feasibility. The proceeds of bonds, other than refunding bonds, will be used for feasible projects and there is a reasonable likelihood that the bonds will be repaid without the necessity of drawing on funds in the special debt service reserve fund that secures the bonds. The secretary of administration may not make the determinations required under this paragraph unless a majority of the authorized members of the district's board has voted that, if the balance in a special debt service reserve fund of the district is less than the requirement under sub. (5), the room tax imposed by the district under s. 66.0615 (1m) (b) is 3 percent of total room charges and the food and beverages tax imposed by the district under s. 77.981 is 0.5 percent of gross receipts. In addition, the secretary of administration may make the determinations required under this paragraph only after considering all of the following:
229.50(1)(b)1. 1. Whether a pledge of the gross tax revenues of the district is made under the bond resolution.
229.50(1)(b)2. 2. Whether the tax revenues of the district will be paid directly to the trustee of the bonds.
229.50(1)(b)3. 3. Revenue projections for the projects to be financed by the bonds and the reasonableness of the assumptions on which these revenue projections are based.
229.50(1)(b)4. 4. The proposed interest rates of the bonds and the resulting cash-flow requirements.
229.50(1)(b)5. 5. Whether the projected ratio of annual tax revenues to annual debt service of the district, taking into account capitalized interest, is 135 percent or greater.
229.50(1)(b)6. 6. Whether an understanding exists providing for repayment by the district to the state of all amounts appropriated to the special debt service reserve fund pursuant to sub. (7).
229.50(1)(b)7. 7. Whether the district has agreed to provide the department of administration with all financial reports of the district and all regular monthly statements of the trustee of the bonds on a direct and ongoing basis.
229.50(1)(b)8. 8. Whether the district has agreed that the department of administration will have direct and immediate access, at any time and without notice, to all records of the district.
229.50(1)(c) (c) Limit on bonds issued. The amount of all bonds, other than refunding bonds, that would be secured by all special debt service reserve funds of the district will not exceed $200,000,000.
229.50(1)(d) (d) Use of net proceeds. Not more than $170,000,000 of the total net proceeds of all bonds, other than refunding bonds, that would be secured by all special debt service reserve funds of the district will be used for the purposes specified under s. 229.48 (1) (a) to (c), except that no proceeds of the bonds secured by a special debt service reserve fund may be used to remodel or refurbish an existing exposition center or existing exposition center facilities transferred under a transfer agreement under s. 229.47 (1).
229.50(1)(e) (e) Date of issuance. The bonds, other than refunding bonds, will be issued no later than April 1, 1999.
229.50(1)(f) (f) Transfer agreement. A sponsoring municipality of the district issuing the bonds has entered into a transfer agreement under s. 229.47 (1) that transfers to the district the sponsoring municipality's interests in an existing exposition center and exposition center facilities created under this subchapter or in an existing convention institution under s. 229.26.
229.50(1)(g) (g) Refunding bonds. All refunding bonds to be secured by the special debt service reserve fund meet all of the following conditions:
229.50(1)(g)1. 1. The refunding bonds are to be issued to fund, refund or advance refund bonds secured by a special debt service reserve fund.
229.50(1)(g)2. 2. The refunding of bonds by the refunding bonds was determined by the secretary of administration not to adversely affect the risk that the state will be called on to make a payment under sub. (7).
229.50(2) (2)Payment of funds into a special debt service reserve fund. A district shall pay into each of these special debt service reserve funds any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purposes of the special debt service reserve fund, any proceeds of a sale of bonds to the extent provided in the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds and any other moneys that are made available to the district for the purpose of the special debt service reserve fund from any other source.
229.50(3) (3)Use of moneys in the special debt service reserve fund. All moneys held in any special debt service reserve fund of a district, except as otherwise specifically provided, shall be used, as required, solely for the payment of the principal of bonds secured in whole or in part by the special debt service reserve fund, the making of sinking fund payments with respect to these bonds, the purchase or redemption of these bonds, the payment of interest on these bonds or the payment of any redemption premium required to be paid when these bonds are redeemed prior to maturity. If moneys in a special debt service reserve fund at any time are less than the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for the debt service reserve fund, the district may not use these moneys for any optional purchase or optional redemption of the bonds. Any income or interest earned by, or increment to, any special debt service reserve fund due to the investment of moneys in the special debt service reserve fund may be transferred by the district to other funds or accounts of the district to the extent that the transfer does not reduce the amount of the special debt service reserve fund below the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for the special debt service reserve fund.
229.50(4) (4)Limitation on bonds secured by a special debt service reserve fund. A district shall accumulate in each special debt service reserve fund an amount equal to the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for the special debt service reserve fund. A district may not at any time issue bonds secured in whole or in part by a special debt service reserve fund if upon the issuance of these bonds the amount in the special debt service reserve fund will be less than the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for the special debt service reserve fund, unless the district, at the time that it issues the bonds, deposits in the special debt service reserve fund from the proceeds of the bond issuance, or from other sources, an amount that, together with the amount then in the special debt service reserve fund, will not be less than the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for the special debt service reserve fund.
229.50(5) (5)Special debt service reserve fund requirement. The special debt service reserve fund requirement for a special debt service reserve fund, as of any particular date of computation, is equal to an amount of money, as provided in the bond resolution authorizing the bonds with respect to which the special debt service reserve fund is established, that may not exceed the maximum annual debt service on the bonds of the district for that fiscal year or any future fiscal year of the district secured in whole or in part by that special debt service reserve fund. In computing the annual debt service for any fiscal year, bonds deemed to have been paid in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds shall not be included in bonds outstanding on such date of computation. The annual debt service for any fiscal year is the amount of money equal to the aggregate of all of the following calculated on the assumption that the bonds will, after the date of computation, cease to be outstanding by reason, but only by reason, of the payment of bonds when due, and the payment when due, and application in accordance with the bond resolution authorizing those bonds, of all of the sinking fund payments payable at or after the date of computation:
229.50(5)(a) (a) All interest payable during the fiscal year on all bonds that are secured in whole or in part by the special debt service reserve fund and that are outstanding on the date of computation.
229.50(5)(b) (b) The principal amount of all of the bonds that are secured in whole or in part by the special debt service reserve fund, are outstanding on the date of computation and mature during the fiscal year.
229.50(5)(c) (c) All amounts specified in bond resolutions of the district authorizing any of the bonds that are secured in whole or in part by the special debt service reserve fund to be payable during the fiscal year as a sinking fund payment with respect to any of the bonds that mature after the fiscal year.
229.50(6) (6)Valuation of securities. In computing the amount of a special debt service reserve fund for the purposes of this section, securities in which all or a portion of the special debt service reserve fund is invested shall be valued at their fair market value.
229.50(7) (7)State moral obligation pledge. If at any time the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for a special debt service reserve fund exceeds the amount of moneys in the special debt service reserve fund, the board of directors of the district shall certify to the secretary of administration, the governor, the joint committee on finance and the governing body of the sponsoring municipality the amount necessary to restore the special debt service reserve fund to an amount equal to the special debt service reserve fund requirement under sub. (5) for the special debt service reserve fund. If this certification is received by the secretary of administration in an even-numbered year prior to the completion of the budget compilation under s. 16.43, the secretary shall include the certified amount in the budget compilation. In any case, the joint committee on finance shall introduce in either house, in bill form, an appropriation of the amount so certified to the appropriate special debt service reserve fund of the district. Recognizing its moral obligation to do so, the legislature hereby expresses its expectation and aspiration that, if ever called upon to do so, it shall make this appropriation. This subsection does not apply to reserve fund shortfalls related to bonds or any refunding bonds issued by the district to fund the construction of sports and entertainment arena facilities.
229.50 History History: 1993 a. 263; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2015 a. 60.
229.52 229.52 Bonds not public debt.
229.52(1)(1)The state and a sponsoring municipality are not liable on bonds and the bonds are not a debt of the state or a sponsoring municipality. All bonds shall contain a statement to this effect on the face of the bond. A bond issue does not, directly or indirectly or contingently, obligate the state or a political subdivision of the state to levy any tax or make any appropriation for payment of the bonds.
229.52(2) (2)Nothing in this subchapter authorizes a district to create a debt of the state or a sponsoring municipality, and all bonds issued by a district are payable, and shall state that they are payable, solely from the funds pledged for their payment in accordance with the bond resolution authorizing their issuance or in any trust indenture or mortgage or deed of trust executed as security for the bonds. The state and a sponsoring municipality are not liable for the payment of the principal of or interest on a bond or for the performance of any pledge, mortgage, obligation or agreement that may be undertaken by a district. The breach of any pledge, mortgage, obligation or agreement undertaken by a district does not impose pecuniary liability upon the state or a sponsoring municipality or a charge upon its general credit or against its taxing power.
229.52 History History: 1993 a. 263.
229.53 229.53 State pledge. The state pledges to and agrees with the bondholders, and persons that enter into contracts with a district under this subchapter, that the state will not limit or alter the rights and powers vested in a district by this subchapter, including the rights and powers under s. 229.44 (15), before the district has fully met and discharged the bonds, and any interest due on the bonds, and has fully performed its contracts, unless adequate provision is made by law for the protection of the bondholders or those entering into contracts with a district.
229.53 History History: 1993 a. 263.
229.54 229.54 Responsibility to sports and entertainment arena facilities.
229.54(1)(1)Neither the state, a sponsoring municipality, nor the most populous county in which the sponsoring municipality is located is responsible for equipping, maintaining, operating, improving, and repairing sports and entertainment arena facilities.
229.54(2) (2)The district is responsible only for equipping, maintaining, operating, improving, and repairing sports and entertainment arena facilities during the initial development and construction of the sports and entertainment arena facilities. If the professional basketball team or its affiliate breaches the non-relocation agreement or lease under s. 229.461, the district is responsible for equipping, maintaining, operating, and repairing sports and entertainment arena facilities during the remainder of the lease, but only from moneys received from the parent company of the professional basketball team, the professional basketball team, or its affiliate resulting from the breach of the non-relocation agreement or lease.
229.54 History History: 2015 a. 60.
229.55 229.55 Trust funds. All moneys received under this subchapter, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds or from any other source, are trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this subchapter. Any officer with whom, or any bank or trust company with which, those moneys are deposited shall act as trustee of those moneys and shall hold and apply the moneys for the purposes of this subchapter, subject to this subchapter and the bond resolution authorizing issuance of the bonds.
229.55 History History: 1993 a. 263.
229.56 229.56 Funding and refunding bonds.
229.56(1)(1)A district may issue bonds to fund or refund any outstanding bond, including the payment of any redemption premium on the outstanding bond and any interest accrued or to accrue to the earliest or any subsequent date of redemption, purchase or maturity.
229.56(2) (2)A district may apply the proceeds of the bonds issued to fund or refund any outstanding bond to the purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption of the outstanding bond either on its earliest or any subsequent redemption date or upon the purchase or at the maturity of the bond. A district may, pending application, place the proceeds in escrow to be applied to the purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption on any date the board of directors determines.
229.56 History History: 1993 a. 263.
229.57 229.57 Budgets; rates and charges; audit. A district shall adopt a calendar year as its fiscal year for accounting purposes. The board of directors shall annually prepare a budget for the district. Rates and other charges received by the district shall be used for the general expenses and capital expenditures of the district and to pay interest, amortization, and retirement charges on bonds. The district shall maintain an accounting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and shall have its financial statements and debt covenants audited annually by an independent certified public accountant.
229.57 History History: 1993 a. 263.
subch. III of ch. 229 SUBCHAPTER III
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PARK DISTRICTS
229.64 229.64 Legislative declaration.
229.64(1)(1)The legislature determines that the provision of assistance by state agencies to a district under this subchapter, any appropriation of funds to a district under this subchapter and the moral obligation pledge under s. 229.74 (7) serve a statewide public purpose by assisting the development of a professional baseball park in the state for providing recreation, by encouraging economic development and tourism, by reducing unemployment and by bringing needed capital into the state for the benefit and welfare of people throughout the state. The legislature determines that the taxes that may be imposed by a district under subch. V of ch. 77 are special taxes that are generated apart from any direct annual tax on taxable property.
229.64(2) (2)The legislature determines that a district including a county with a population of more than 600,000 serves a public purpose in that county and all counties that are contiguous to that county by providing recreation, by encouraging economic development and tourism, by reducing unemployment and by bringing needed capital into the multicounty area for the benefit of people in the multicounty area.
229.64 History History: 1995 a. 56; 2001 a. 16.
229.64 Annotation1995 Wisconsin Act 56, which created subchapter III of chapter 229, is constitutional. Libertarian Party v. State, 199 Wis. 2d 791, 546 N.W.2d 424 (1996), 95-3114.
229.65 229.65 Definitions. In this subchapter:
229.65(1) (1)“Baseball park facilities" means property, tangible or intangible, owned in whole or in substantial part, operated or leased by a district that is principally for professional baseball including parking lots, garages, restaurants, parks, concession facilities, entertainment facilities and transportation facilities, and other functionally related or auxiliary facilities or structures.
229.65(2) (2)“Bond" means any bond, note or other obligation issued under s. 66.0621 by a district.
229.65(3) (3)“Bond resolution" means a resolution of the district board authorizing the issuance of, or providing terms and conditions related to, bonds and includes, where appropriate, any trust agreement, trust indenture, indenture of mortgage or deed of trust providing terms and conditions for bonds.
229.65(4) (4)“Chief executive officer" means the county executive of a county or, if the county does not have a county executive, the chairperson of the county board of supervisors.
229.65(5) (5)“District" means a special district created under this subchapter.
229.65(6) (6)“District board" means the governing board of a district.
229.65(7) (7)“Supermajority" means not less than 60 percent of the members of the district board.
229.65 History History: 1995 a. 56; 1999 a. 150 s. 672.
229.66 229.66 Creation and organization.
229.66(1)(1)There is created, for each jurisdiction under s. 229.67, a special district that is a local governmental unit, that is a body corporate and politic, that is separate and distinct from, and independent of, the state, that has the powers under s. 229.68 and the name of which includes “Professional Baseball Park District".
229.66(2) (2)A district is governed by its district board. The district board may adopt bylaws to govern the district's activities, subject to this subchapter. Subject to sub. (3), the district board shall consist of the following members:
229.66(2)(a) (a) A number of persons equal to the number of counties within the jurisdiction of the district plus one, appointed by the governor. At least one of the persons appointed by the governor shall reside within each county that is within the jurisdiction of the district. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification, subject to confirmation or rejection by the senate.
229.66(2)(b) (b) Two persons appointed by the chief executive officer of the most populous county within the jurisdiction of the district, who shall serve at the pleasure of the chief executive officer. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification, subject to confirmation or rejection by a majority of the members-elect of the county board.
229.66(2)(c) (c) One person for each county in the jurisdiction of the district other than the most populous county within the jurisdiction of the district, appointed by the chief executive officer of that county. Each person appointed under this paragraph for a county shall serve at the pleasure of the chief executive officer in that county. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification, subject to confirmation or rejection by a majority of the members-elect of the county board.
229.66(2)(g) (g) One person appointed by the mayor of the most populous city within the jurisdiction of a district or if that city is organized under subch. I of ch. 64, the president of the council of that city, who shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification, subject to confirmation or rejection by a majority of the members-elect of the common council or council.
229.66(3) (3)Upon appointment under sub. (2), the appointing authorities shall certify the appointees to the secretary of administration. The term of office of 50 percent of the persons appointed under sub. (2) (a) is 2 years, and the term of office of the other 50 percent of the persons appointed under sub. (2) (a) is 4 years, except that if an odd number of persons is appointed under sub. (2) (a), there shall be one more office with a term of 4 years than there are offices with terms of 2 years, and except that for the initial appointments for a newly created district the initial terms shall expire on July 1 of the 2nd year beginning after creation of a district for persons appointed to 2-year terms, and the initial terms shall expire on July 1 of the 4th year beginning after creation of a district for persons appointed to 4-year terms. Persons appointed under sub. (2) (a) may be removed from the district board before the expiration of their terms by the appointing authority but only for cause, as defined in s. 17.001. Vacancies for persons appointed under sub. (2) (a) shall be filled by the appointing authority who appointed the person whose office is vacant. A person appointed to fill a vacancy under sub. (2) (a) shall serve for the remainder of the term to which he or she is appointed. All of the appointing authorities shall ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that the membership of the board is diverse with respect to race. Of the persons appointed under sub. (2), not more than 4 may reside in any one county.
229.66(4) (4)The governor shall select the chairperson of the district board and the district board shall elect from its membership a vice chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer. A majority of the current membership of the district board constitutes a quorum to do business. The district may take action based on the affirmative vote of a majority of those directors who are present at a meeting of the district board.
229.66(5) (5)The members of the district board shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
229.66(6) (6)Upon the appointment and qualification of a majority of the members of a district board, the district board may exercise the powers and duties of a district board under this subchapter.
229.66(7) (7)At its first meeting the district board shall name the district.
229.66 History History: 1995 a. 56; 2001 a. 103.
229.67 229.67 Jurisdiction. A district's jurisdiction is any county with a population of more than 600,000 and all counties that are contiguous to that county and that are not already included in a different district. Once created, a district's jurisdiction is fixed even if the population of other counties within the district subsequently exceeds 600,000. Once a county is included in a district's jurisdiction the county remains in the district until the district is dissolved under s. 229.71. In this section, “contiguous" includes a county that touches another county only at a corner.
229.67 History History: 1995 a. 56; 2001 a. 16.
229.68 229.68 Powers of a district. A district has all of the powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes and provisions of this subchapter. In addition to all other powers granted by this subchapter, a district may do all of the following:
229.68(1) (1)Adopt and alter an official seal.
229.68(2) (2)Sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded.
229.68(3) (3)Maintain an office.
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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 September 5, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 5, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-5-18)