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229.81(2) (2)Assistance with respect to granted land or property. All state agencies may provide assistance to a district if the district has entered into a lease agreement with the department of administration under s. 16.82 (7).
229.81 History History: 1995 a. 56.
subch. IV of ch. 229 SUBCHAPTER IV
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
STADIUM DISTRICTS
229.820 229.820 Legislative declaration.
229.820(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. 229.830 (7) serve a statewide public purpose by assisting the development of professional football stadium facilities 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.
229.820(2) (2) The legislature determines that a district serves a public purpose in the district's jurisdiction by providing recreation, by encouraging economic development and tourism, by reducing unemployment and by bringing needed capital into the district's jurisdiction for the benefit of people in the district's jurisdiction.
229.820 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.821 229.821 Definitions. In this subchapter:
229.821(1) (1) "Bond" means any bond, note, or other obligation issued under s. 66.0621 by a district.
229.821(2) (2) "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.
229.821(3) (3) "Chief elected official" means the mayor of a city or, if the city is organized under subch. I of ch. 64, the president of the council of that city, the village president of a village, the town board chair of a town or the county executive of a county or, if the county does not have a county executive, the chairperson of the county board of supervisors.
229.821(4) (4) "District" means a special purpose district created under this subchapter.
229.821(5) (5) "District board" means the governing board of a district.
229.821(6) (6) "Football stadium" means a stadium that is principally used as the home stadium of a professional football team described in s. 229.823 at the time that a district is created, or if no home stadium exists at the time that a district is created, "football stadium" means a stadium that includes the site of a proposed home stadium of such a team.
229.821(7) (7) "Football stadium facilities" means football stadium property, tangible or intangible, including spectator seating of all types, practice facilities, parking lots and structures, garages, restaurants, parks, concession facilities, entertainment facilities, facilities for the display or sale of memorabilia, transportation facilities, and other functionally related or auxiliary facilities or structures.
229.821(8) (8) "Home stadium" means a stadium approved as provided in s. 229.823.
229.821(9) (9) "Members-elect" means those members of the governing body of a municipality or county, at a particular time, who have been duly elected or appointed for a current regular or unexpired term and whose service has not terminated by death, resignation or removal from office.
229.821(10) (10) "Municipality" means a city, village or town.
229.821(11) (11) "Political subdivision" means a city, village, town or county.
229.821(12) (12) "Related party" means a corporation or business entity that is owned, controlled or operated by, or under common control with, a professional football team.
229.821 History History: 1999 a. 167; 2001 a. 38.
229.822 229.822 Creation and organization.
229.822(1) (1) There is created, for each jurisdiction under s. 229.823, 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 and the political subdivisions within its jurisdiction, that has the powers under s. 229.824 and the name of which includes "Professional Football Stadium District".
229.822(2) (2) A district is governed by its district board. Subject to sub. (3), the district board shall consist of the following members who shall be appointed not later than 30 days after the creation of a district:
229.822(2)(a) (a) Three persons appointed by the chief elected official of the most populous city located wholly or partly within the jurisdiction of the district. A person appointed under this paragraph serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority and 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.
229.822(2)(b) (b) Three persons appointed by the chief elected official of the county in which the football stadium is located. A person appointed under this paragraph serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority and 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.
229.822(2)(c) (c) One person appointed by the chief elected official of any municipality located wholly or partly within the jurisdiction of the district, other than the most populous city located wholly or partly within the jurisdiction of the district, that has a boundary at the time of creation of the district that is contiguous to a boundary of the site of the football stadium. A person appointed under this paragraph serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority and 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 governing body of the municipality.
229.822(3) (3) Upon appointment under sub. (2), the appointing authorities shall certify the appointees to the secretary of administration. The terms of office of the persons appointed under sub. (2) shall be 2 years expiring on July 1, except that the initial terms shall expire on July 1 of the 4th year beginning after the year of creation of a district. Persons appointed under sub. (2) serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities, and may be removed before the expiration of their terms. Vacancies 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) shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term to which he or she is appointed unless removed at an earlier time. The appointing authorities shall confer with one another regarding their appointments with a view toward achieving diversity on the district board.
229.822(4) (4)
229.822(4)(a)(a) The district board shall elect from its membership a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer. The secretary shall act as clerk of the district.
229.822(4)(b) (b) 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 members of the district board who are present at a meeting of the district board.
229.822(5) (5) The members of the district board shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
229.822(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.
229.822(7) (7) The district board shall name the district, and the name shall include "Professional Football Stadium District".
229.822 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.823 229.823 Jurisdiction. A district's jurisdiction is any county with a population at the date of the district's creation of more than 150,000 that includes the principal site of a stadium that is home to a professional football team, that is a member of a league of professional football teams that have home stadiums in at least 10 states and a collective average attendance for all league members of at least 40,000 persons per game over the 5 years immediately preceding the year in which a district is created, and that is approved by that league for use as a home stadium for that professional football team. Once created, the district's jurisdiction remains fixed even if population or attendance figures subsequently decline below the minimums described in this section.
229.823 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.824 229.824 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:
229.824(1) (1) Adopt bylaws to govern the district's activities, subject to this subchapter.
229.824(2) (2) Sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded.
229.824(3) (3) Maintain an office.
229.824(4) (4) In connection with football stadium facilities:
229.824(4)(a) (a) Acquire, construct, equip, maintain, improve, operate and manage the football stadium facilities as a revenue-generating enterprise, or engage other persons to do these things.
229.824(4)(b) (b) Acquire; lease, as lessor or lessee; use; transfer; or accept transfers of property.
229.824(4)(c) (c) Improve, maintain and repair property, and fund reserves for maintenance, depreciation and capital improvements. Reserves for depreciation and capital improvements may not be created in the special fund maintained under s. 229.825 (1) or the fund established under s. 229.8257.
229.824(4)(d) (d) Enter into contracts, subject to such standards as may be established by the district board. The district board may award any such contract for any combination or division of work it designates and may consider any factors in awarding a contract, including price, time for completion of work and qualifications and past performance of a contractor.
229.824(4)(e) (e) Grant concessions.
229.824(4)(f) (f) Sell or otherwise dispose of unneeded or unwanted property.
229.824(5) (5) Employ personnel, and fix and regulate their compensation; and provide, either directly or subject to an agreement under s. 66.0301 as a participant in a benefit plan of another governmental entity, any employee benefits, including an employee pension plan.
229.824(6) (6) Purchase insurance, establish and administer a plan of self-insurance or, subject to an agreement with another governmental entity under s. 66.0301, participate in a governmental plan of insurance or self-insurance.
229.824(7) (7) Mortgage, pledge or otherwise encumber the district's property or funds.
229.824(8) (8) Subject to s. 229.8245, issue revenue bonds under s. 66.0621, subject to ss. 229.829 to 229.834, and enter into agreements related to the issuance of bonds, including liquidity and credit facilities, remarketing agreements, insurance policies, guaranty agreements, letter of credit or reimbursement agreements, indexing agreements, interest exchange agreements, and currency exchange agreements.
229.824(9) (9) Maintain funds and invest the funds in any investment that the district board considers appropriate.
229.824(10) (10) Promote, advertise and publicize its football stadium facilities and related activities.
229.824(11) (11) Set standards governing the use of, and the conduct within, its football stadium facilities in order to promote public safety and convenience and to maintain order.
229.824(12) (12) Establish and collect fees or other charges for the use of its football stadium facilities or for services rendered by the district.
229.824(13) (13) Establish and collect fees or other charges for the right to purchase admission to events at the football stadium if the proceeds from any amount that is collected under this subsection are used for purposes related to football stadium facilities.
229.824(14) (14) Enter into partnerships, joint ventures, common ownership or other arrangements with other persons to further the district's purposes.
229.824(15) (15) Impose, by the adoption of a resolution, the taxes under subch. V of ch. 77, except that the taxes imposed by the resolution may not take effect until the resolution is approved by a majority of the electors in the district's jurisdiction voting on the resolution at a referendum, to be held at the first spring primary or partisan primary following by at least 45 days the date of adoption of the resolution. Two questions shall appear on the ballot. The first question shall be: "Shall a sales tax and a use tax be imposed at the rate of 0.5% in .... County for purposes related to football stadium facilities in the .... Professional Football Stadium District?" The 2nd question shall be: "Shall excess revenues from the 0.5% sales tax and use tax be permitted to be used for property tax relief purposes in .... County?" Approval of the first question constitutes approval of the resolution of the district board. Approval of the 2nd question is not effective unless the first question is approved. The clerk of the district shall publish the notices required under s. 10.06 (4) (c), (f) and (i) for any referendum held under this subsection. Notwithstanding s. 10.06 (4) (c), the type A notice under s. 10.01 (2) (a) relating to the referendum is valid even if given and published late as long as it is given and published prior to the election as early as practicable. A district may not levy any taxes that are not expressly authorized under subch. V of ch. 77. The district may not levy any taxes until the professional football team and the governing body of the municipality in which the football stadium facilities are located agree on how to fund the maintenance of the football stadium facilities. The district may not levy any taxes until the professional football team and the governing body of the municipality in which the football stadium facilities are located agree on how to distribute the proceeds, if any, from the sale of naming rights related to the football stadium facilities. If a district board adopts a resolution that imposes taxes and the resolution is approved by the electors, the district shall deliver a certified copy of the resolution to the secretary of revenue at least 120 days before its effective date. If a district board adopts a resolution that imposes taxes and the resolution is not approved by the electors, the district is dissolved.
229.824(16) (16) Accept gifts, loans and other aid.
229.824(17) (17) Administer the receipt of revenues, and oversee the payment of bonds issued by the district.
229.824(18) (18) Adopt and alter an official seal.
229.824(19) (19) Subject to the limitation in this subsection, sell engraved tiles or bricks, which may be placed in or around football stadium facilities. The net proceeds from the sale of engraved tiles or bricks shall be deposited by the district into the fund under s. 229.8257. No tiles or bricks may be sold under this subsection if the net proceeds from such sales would exceed the amount that would jeopardize the federal tax-exempt status of the bonds.
229.824 History History: 1999 a. 167; 2001 a. 38; 2009 a. 2; 2011 a. 75.
229.8245 229.8245 Limitations on district.
229.8245(1) (1) The name of a football stadium may not be changed without the written consent of the municipality in which it is located and the professional football team described in s. 229.823.
229.8245(2) (2) The district may not issue bonds under s. 229.824 (8) unless all of the following apply:
229.8245(2)(a) (a) The district has entered into a lease with a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, under which the team agrees to be the principal tenant of the football stadium for a term of not less than 30 years.
229.8245(2)(b) (b) A professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, certifies to the district that it has applied to the league of professional football teams to which it belongs for approval of a policy that allows a person who paid a onetime license or similar right, as described in s. 77.54 (45), to receive a payment in an amount that is equal to the amount of the license or right from any person who subsequently receives that license or right.
229.8245(2)(c) (c) The district and a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, enter into an agreement, which may not be amended, under which the team agrees that if the team is sold, if its assets are liquidated or if the team is transferred to a new owner before the certification is made under s. 229.825 (3) (a), the terms of the sale, liquidation or transfer of the team shall require the immediate retirement of all outstanding bonds, including bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds.
229.8245(2)(d) (d) The district and a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, enter into an agreement under which the team agrees that no engraved tiles or bricks, which may be placed in or around football stadium facilities, may be sold by the team and that engraved tiles or bricks may be sold only by the district, as provided in s. 229.824 (19).
229.8245(2)(e) (e) The district and a professional football team, as described in s. 229.823, enter into an agreement under which $500,000 from the proceeds of fees or other charges under s. 229.824 (13) will be deposited each year into the fund under s. 229.8257. The agreement shall also provide that the deposits shall begin in the 1st year after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, and shall continue until the funding condition set forth in s. 229.825 (2) (d) 2. or (e) 2. is satisfied. The agreement shall also specify that the $500,000 amount may not be reduced in any subsequent agreement between the district and the professional football team.
229.8245 History History: 1999 a. 167.
229.825 229.825 Special fund tax revenues.
229.825(1) (1) The district board shall maintain a special fund into which it deposits all of the revenue received from the department of revenue, that is derived from the taxes imposed under subch. V of ch. 77, and may use this revenue only for the purposes specified in sub. (2). The district may not deposit any other moneys into the special fund, except that the district shall credit all earnings on the revenues in the special fund to the special fund. The earnings on the revenues shall be used only for the purposes specified in sub. (2).
229.825(2) (2) The district shall first use the revenues in the special fund maintained under sub. (1) for the payment of current debt service on bonds issued by the district for purposes related to football stadium facilities. If the revenues in the special fund in any year exceed the amount required to pay current debt service on bonds issued by the district for purposes related to football stadium facilities, the district shall apply the excess revenues for the following purposes in the following order:
229.825(2)(ae) (ae) If a county located within a district's jurisdiction uses the proceeds from a loan obtained by the county from the board of commissioners of public lands under s. 24.61 (3) (a) 2. for purposes related to the acquisition, renovation or construction of football stadium facilities and if the county and district enter into an agreement under s. 229.827 (3), the district shall pay the county in each year an amount equal to the principal and interest costs incurred by the county for the loan in that year.
229.825(2)(am) (am) Beginning in the year that occurs immediately after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, an amount equal to not more than $750,000 may be used to pay the district board's administration expenses. In the succeeding year, an amount equal to not more than $500,000 may be used to pay the district board's administration expenses. In the 2nd succeeding year, and each year thereafter, an amount equal to not more than $100,000 may be used to pay the district board's administration expenses. The amount authorized to be expended under this paragraph may be expended annually until the earlier of the following:
229.825(2)(am)1. 1. January 1 of the 30th year beginning after the initial year in which the revenues are first used to pay the district board's administration expenses.
229.825(2)(am)2. 2. The year in which the district board determines that the balance of moneys in the reserve created under par. (d) 2. or (e) 2., whichever is applicable, plus all projected earnings on the moneys, are sufficient to pay the district board's administration expenses through the time specified under subd. 1.
229.825(2)(b)1.1. Beginning in the 3rd year that occurs immediately after the year in which the tax is first imposed under s. 77.706, an amount equal to $3,400,000 less the sum of the amounts specified in s. 229.8257 (2) (a) to (d) shall be used to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities. The payments shall be made annually until the earlier of the following:
229.825(2)(b)1.a. a. January 1 of the 28th year beginning after the initial year in which the revenues are first used to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities.
229.825(2)(b)1.b. b. The year in which the district board determines that the balance of moneys in the fund established under s. 229.8257, plus all projected earnings on the moneys, are sufficient to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities in the amounts specified in subd. 1. (intro.), as affected by any adjustment under subd. 2., through the time specified under subd. 1. a.
229.825(2)(b)2. 2. The portion of the $3,400,000 amount under subd. 1. that is used to pay any compensation for any employees of a municipality that provides maintenance or operating services for the football stadium facilities may be increased each year thereafter by not more than 3%. All other portions of this amount may be increased each year thereafter by not more than 2%.
229.825(2)(d) (d) If the 2nd question under s. 229.824 (15) is approved by the electors, the district shall pay the remainder to the county that is in the district's jurisdiction for the purpose of directly reducing the county's property tax levy or, if the county board otherwise requires, the district shall use any portion of the remainder for the following purposes:
229.825(2)(d)1. 1. To retire bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities, and any bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds, prior to their maturity.
229.825(2)(d)2. 2. To fully fund the fund established under s. 229.8257 to pay the maintenance and operating costs of the football stadium facilities specified under par. (b) 1. b. and to establish a reserve to pay the district board's administration expenses specified in par. (am), but only after all bonds issued for purposes related to football stadium facilities and all bonds issued to fund or refund those bonds are retired or have been paid in accordance with the defeasance provisions of the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds and after the district is no longer required to make the payments to a county under par. (ae).
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 11, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 11, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-11-14)