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; 2019 a. 9.
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. The legislature determines that the provision of assistance by state agencies to a district under this subchapter and any appropriation or grant of funds to a district serve a statewide public purpose by assisting the development, construction, improvement, repair, and maintenance of baseball park facilities in the state for providing recreation, by encouraging economic development and tourism, by preserving business activities within the state, by generating additional tax revenues that would not exist without the baseball park facilities, by reducing unemployment, and by bringing needed capital into the state for the benefit and welfare of people throughout the state.
229.64 History History: 1995 a. 56; 2001 a. 16; 2023 a. 40.
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 the support or performance of professional baseball operations 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(6m) (6m)“Professional baseball team” means a baseball team that is a member of a league of professional baseball teams that have home stadiums approved by the league in at least 10 states and a collective average attendance for all league members of at least 10,000 persons per game over the 5 years immediately preceding December 7, 2023.
229.65 History History: 1995 a. 56; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2023 a. 40.
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 chairperson and 3 others, all of whom must be state residents, appointed by the governor. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification.
229.66(2)(b) (b) One person, who must be a state resident, appointed by the governor from a list containing the names of not fewer than 3 persons provided by the chief executive officer of the county within the jurisdiction of the district, who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification.
229.66(2)(bm) (bm) Three persons appointed by the majority leader of the senate, all of whom must be state residents.
229.66(2)(cm) (cm) Three persons appointed by the speaker of the assembly, all of whom must be state residents.
229.66(2)(g) (g) One person, who must be a state resident, appointed by the governor from a list containing the names of not fewer than 3 persons provided by the mayor of the 1st class city within the jurisdiction of the 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 governor. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification.
229.66(2)(gm) (gm) One person, who must be a state resident and who may not be an employee of the state or of a professional baseball team that leases baseball park facilities constructed under this subchapter as its home facilities, appointed by the governor from a list containing the names of not fewer than 3 persons provided by the professional baseball team. A person appointed under this paragraph may take his or her seat immediately upon appointment and qualification. With respect to any of the following, a person appointed under this paragraph may not participate in any nonpublic meeting of the board or vote:
229.66(2)(gm)1. 1. Approving or amending the lease specified in s. 229.6802 (1).
229.66(2)(gm)2. 2. Approving or amending the nonrelocation agreement specified in s. 229.6802 (2).
229.66(2)(gm)3. 3. Approving or amending a lease or sublease other than specified under subd. 1. or 2. between the district and the professional baseball team.
229.66(2)(gm)4. 4. Obtaining or accepting a loan under s. 16.09 (5).
229.66(2)(gm)5. 5. Retaining a 3rd-party negotiator under s. 229.6802 (3).
229.66(2)(gm)6. 6. A dispute between the district and the professional baseball team.
229.66(3) (3)
229.66(3)(a)(a) Upon appointment under sub. (2), the appointing authorities shall certify the appointees to the secretary of administration.
229.66(3)(b) (b) The terms of office of the district board members are as follows:
229.66(3)(b)1. 1. For the chairperson and other persons appointed under sub. (2) (a), 4 years, except that the initial term of office for the initial chairperson appointee and one of the 3 other initial appointees, as designated by the governor, is 2 years.
229.66(3)(b)2. 2. For the persons appointed under sub. (2) (bm) and (cm), 4 years, except that the initial term of office of one of the 3 initial appointees under each of those paragraphs is 2 years, as designated by the appointing authority.
229.66(3)(b)3. 3. For the persons appointed under sub. (2) (b), (g), and (gm), 4 years.
229.66(3)(c) (c) Notwithstanding s. 17.07 (3), persons appointed under sub. (2) may be removed from the district board by the appointing authority at pleasure.
229.66(3)(d)1.1. Vacancies for persons appointed under sub. (2) shall be filled by the appointing authority who appointed the person whose office is vacant using the procedure provided under sub. (2) for that position.
229.66(3)(d)2. 2. A person appointed to fill a vacancy under subd. 1. shall serve for the remainder of the term to which he or she is appointed.
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. Unless otherwise provided by law, 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. Except in the case of exigent or emergency circumstances that make an in-person meeting impracticable, all meetings of the district board shall be in person.
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; 2023 a. 40.
229.67 229.67 Jurisdiction. A district's jurisdiction is any county with a population of more than 750,000 that is the site of baseball park facilities that are home to a professional baseball team. A district's jurisdiction is fixed even if the population of the county decreases below 750,001.
229.67 History History: 1995 a. 56; 2001 a. 16; 2023 a. 40.
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. The district may not incur costs or any obligations for signage related to a change in naming rights for the baseball park facilities. 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.
229.68(4) (4)In connection with baseball park facilities:
229.68(4)(a) (a) Acquire, construct, equip, maintain, improve, operate and manage the baseball park facilities as a revenue-generating enterprise, or engage other persons to do these things.
229.68(4)(b) (b) Acquire; lease, as lessor or lessee; authorize the sublease of; use; or transfer property; except that the district may not enter into any lease or sublease that does not receive the affirmative vote of a majority of all current members appointed to the district board and eligible to vote on the matter.
229.68(4)(c) (c) Improve real property.
229.68(4)(d) (d) Enter into contracts, subject to this paragraph and such standards as may be established by the district board, which standards may include approval by a professional baseball team pursuant to the terms of a lease with the district. For a contract, the estimated cost of which exceeds $200,000, the district shall issue a request for proposals or other procurement document to solicit proposals. The district board may award any such contract for any combination or division of work it designates. In awarding a contract, the district board shall consider price; time for completion of work; qualifications and past performance of a contractor; contractor responsiveness; contractor eligibility in accordance with any request for proposals or other procurement document; the results of applicable inspections and tests; and performance standards established by the board, including with respect to quality and workmanship. The district shall determine the most advantageous proposal from a responsible and responsive offeror taking into consideration only the factors under this paragraph and the evaluation criteria set forth in any request for proposals or other procurement document. The district shall award the contract by written notice to the selected offeror within the time for acceptance specified in the request for proposals or other procurement document.
229.68(4)(e) (e) Grant concessions.
229.68(4)(f) (f) Make a grant of land or other property to the state, especially dedicated by the grant to use for a professional baseball park.
229.68(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.
229.68(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.
229.68(7) (7)Subject to s. 229.682 (10), mortgage, pledge, or otherwise encumber the district's property or funds.
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2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 272 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 9, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 9, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-9-24)