66.0603(1m)(f) (f) Subject to s. 67.11 (2) with respect to funds on deposit in a debt service fund for general obligation promissory notes issued under s. 67.12 (12), a 1st class city, or a person to whom the city has delegated investment authority under sub. (5), may invest and reinvest in the same manner as is authorized for investments and reinvestments under s. 881.01, any of the following:
66.0603(1m)(f)1. 1. Moneys held in any stabilization fund established under s. 62.622 (3).
66.0603(1m)(f)2. 2. Moneys held in a fund or account, including any reserve fund, created in connection with the issuance of appropriation bonds under s. 62.62 or general obligation promissory notes under s. 67.12 (12) issued to provide funds for the payment of all or a part of the city's unfunded prior service liability.
66.0603(1m)(f)3. 3. Moneys appropriated or held by the city to pay debt service on appropriation bonds or general obligation promissory notes under s. 67.12 (12).
66.0603(1m)(f)4. 4. Moneys constituting proceeds of appropriation bonds or general obligation promissory notes described in subd. 2. that are available for investment until they are spent.
66.0603(1m)(f)5. 5. Moneys held in an employee retirement system of the city.
66.0603(1m)(g) (g) A technical college district that receives funds from participation in an auction of digital broadcast spectrum administered by the federal communications commission may hold those funds in trust and may invest and reinvest those funds in the same manner authorized for investments under s. 881.01. Funds held in trust under this paragraph may only be distributed from the trust in a manner consistent with ch. 38 and in accordance with the terms of the trust. Any trust formed pursuant to this paragraph shall be separate from any other trust created by, or under the control of, the technical college district.
66.0603(2) (2)Delegation of investment authority. A county, city, village, town, school district, drainage district, technical college district or other governing board, as defined in s. 34.01 (1), may delegate the investment authority over any of its funds not immediately needed to a state or national bank, or trust company, which is authorized to transact business in this state if all of the following conditions are met:
66.0603(2)(a) (a) The institution is authorized to exercise trust powers under s. 221.0316 or ch. 223.
66.0603(2)(b) (b) The governing board renews annually the investment agreement under which it delegates its investment authority, and reviews annually the performance of the institution with which its funds are invested.
66.0603(3) (3)Additional delegation of investment authority.
66.0603(3)(a)(a) In addition to the authority granted under sub. (2), a school district operating under ch. 119 may delegate the investment authority over any of its funds not immediately needed and held in trust for its qualified pension plans to an investment manager who meets the requirements and qualifications specified in the trust's investment policy and who is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, 15 USC 80b-3.
66.0603(3)(b) (b) In addition to the authority granted under sub. (2), a school district may delegate the investment authority over the funds described under sub. (1m) (b) 3. to an investment manager who meets the requirements and qualifications specified in the trust's investment policy and who is registered as an investment adviser under 15 USC 80b-3.
66.0603(3)(c)1.1. In addition to the authority granted under sub. (2), a city, village, town, county, drainage district, technical college district, or other governing board as defined by s. 34.01 (1) may delegate the investment authority over the funds described under sub. (1m) (b) 5. to an investment manager who meets the requirements and qualifications specified in the trust's investment policy and who is registered as an investment adviser under 15 USC 80b-3.
66.0603(3)(c)2. 2. If a unit of government described under subd. 1. has established a trust described in sub. (1m) (b) 5., it shall annually publish a written report that states the amount in the trust, the investment return earned by the trust since the last report was published, the total disbursements made from the trust since the last report was published, and the name of the investment manager if investment authority has been delegated under subd. 1.
66.0603(3)(d)1.1. In addition to the authority granted under sub. (2), a technical college district may delegate the investment authority over the funds described under sub. (1m) (g) to an investment manager who meets the requirements and qualifications specified in the trust's investment policy and who is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, 15 USC 80b-3.
66.0603(3)(d)2. 2. If a technical college district has established a trust described in sub. (1m) (g), it shall annually publish a written report that states the amount in the trust, the investment return earned by the trust since the last report was published, the total disbursements made from the trust since the last report was published, and the name of the investment manager if investment authority has been delegated under subd. 1.
66.0603(4) (4)Invested fund proceeds in populous cities, use. In a 1st class city, all interest derived from invested funds held by the city treasurer in a custodial capacity on behalf of any political entity, except for pension funds, is general revenue of the city and shall revert to the city's general fund upon the approval by the political entity evidenced by a resolution adopted for that purpose.
66.0603(5) (5)Delegation of investment authority in connection with pension financing in populous cities and counties. The governing body of a county having a population of 750,000 or more, or a 1st class city, may delegate investment authority over any of the moneys described in sub. (1m) (e) or (f) to any of the following persons, which shall be responsible for the general administration and proper operation of the county's or city's employee retirement system, subject to the governing body's finding that such person has expertise in the field of investments:
66.0603(5)(a) (a) A public board that is organized for such purpose under county or city ordinances.
66.0603(5)(b) (b) A trustee, investment advisor, or investment banking or consulting firm.
66.0603 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. 157.50 (6) as to investment of municipal care funds.
66.0603 Annotation Based on the plain meaning of the word “investment," the exchange of surplus county funds for U.S. gold coins would be an investment within the meaning of s. 59.61 (3). This section provides the authorized list of investments that a county can make with county funds, and the statute does not authorize an investment in U.S. gold coins. OAG 2-13.
66.0605 66.0605 Local government audits and reports. Notwithstanding any other statute, the governing body of a county, city, village or town may require or authorize a financial audit of a municipal or county officer, department, board, commission, function or activity financed in whole or part from municipal or county funds, or if any portion of the funds are the funds of the county, city, village or town. The governing body may require submission of periodic financial reports by the officer, department, board, commission, function or activity.
66.0605 History History: 1977 c. 29; 1999 a. 150 s. 97; Stats. 1999 s. 66.0605.
66.0607 66.0607 Withdrawal or disbursement from local treasury.
66.0607(1)(1)Except as otherwise provided in subs. (2) to (5) and in s. 66.0608 (3m), in a county, city, village, town, or school district, all disbursements from the treasury shall be made by the treasurer upon the written order of the county, city, village, town, or school clerk after proper vouchers have been filed in the office of the clerk. If the statutes provide for payment by the treasurer without an order of the clerk, the clerk shall draw and deliver to the treasurer an order for the payment before or at the time that the payment is required to be made by the treasurer. This section applies to all special and general provisions of the statutes relative to the disbursement of money from the county, city, village, town, or school district treasury except s. 67.10 (2).
Effective date note NOTE: Sub. (1) is shown as amended eff. 7-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 12. Prior to 7-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text (1) Except as otherwise provided in subs. (2) to (5) and in s. 66.0608, in a county, city, village, town, or school district, all disbursements from the treasury shall be made by the treasurer upon the written order of the county, city, village, town, or school clerk after proper vouchers have been filed in the office of the clerk. If the statutes provide for payment by the treasurer without an order of the clerk, the clerk shall draw and deliver to the treasurer an order for the payment before or at the time that the payment is required to be made by the treasurer. This section applies to all special and general provisions of the statutes relative to the disbursement of money from the county, city, village, town, or school district treasury except s. 67.10 (2).
66.0607(2) (2)Notwithstanding other law, a county having a population of 750,000 or more may, by ordinance, adopt any other method of allowing vouchers, disbursing funds, reconciling outstanding county orders, reconciling depository accounts, examining county orders, and accounting consistent with accepted accounting and auditing practices, if the ordinance prior to its adoption is submitted to the department of revenue, which shall submit its recommendations on the proposed ordinance to the county board of supervisors.
66.0607(3) (3)Except as provided in subs. (2), (3m) and (5), disbursements of county, city, village, town or school district funds from demand deposits shall be by draft or order check and withdrawals from savings or time deposits shall be by written transfer order. Written transfer orders may be executed only for the purpose of transferring deposits to an authorized deposit of the public depositor in the same or another authorized public depository. The transfer shall be made directly by the public depository from which the withdrawal is made. No draft or order check issued under this subsection may be released to the payee, nor is the draft or order check valid, unless signed by the clerk and treasurer. No transfer order is valid unless signed by the clerk and the treasurer. Unless otherwise directed by ordinance or resolution adopted by the governing body, a certified copy of which shall be filed with each public depository concerned, the chairperson of the county board, mayor, village president, town chairperson or school district president shall countersign all drafts or order checks and all transfer orders. The governing body may also, by ordinance or resolution, authorize additional signatures. In lieu of the personal signatures of the clerk and treasurer and any other required signature, the facsimile signature adopted by the person and approved by the governing body may be affixed to the draft, order check or transfer order. The use of a facsimile signature does not relieve an official from any liability to which the official is otherwise subject, including the unauthorized use of the facsimile signature. A public depository is fully warranted and protected in making payment on any draft or order check or transferring pursuant to a transfer order bearing a facsimile signature affixed as provided by this subsection notwithstanding that the facsimile signature may have been affixed without the authority of the designated persons.
66.0607(3m) (3m)A county, city, village, town or school district may process periodic payments through the use of money transfer techniques, including direct deposit, electronic funds transfer and automated clearinghouse methods. The county, municipal or school district treasurer shall keep a record of the date, payee and amount of each disbursement made by a money transfer technique.
66.0607(4) (4)Except as provided in sub. (3m), if a board, commission or committee of a county, city, village, town or school district is vested by statute with exclusive control and management of a fund, including the audit and approval of payments from the fund, independently of the governing body, payments under this section shall be made by drafts or order checks issued by the county, city, village, town or school clerk upon the filing with the clerk of certified bills, vouchers or schedules signed by the proper officers of the board, commission or committee, giving the name of the claimant or payee, and the amount and nature of each payment.
66.0607(5) (5)In a 1st class city, municipal disbursements of public moneys shall be by draft, order, check, order check or as provided under sub. (3m). Checks or drafts shall be signed by the treasurer and countersigned by the comptroller. Orders shall be signed by the mayor and clerk and countersigned by the comptroller, as provided in the charter of the city. Disbursements of school moneys shall be as provided by s. 119.50.
66.0607(6) (6)Withdrawal or disbursement of moneys deposited in a public depository as defined in s. 34.01 (5) by a treasurer as defined in s. 34.01 (7), other than the elected, appointed or acting official treasurer of a county, city, village, town or school district, shall be by endorsement, written order, draft, share draft, check or other draft signed by the person or persons designated by written authorization of the governing board as defined in s. 34.01 (1). The authorization shall conform to any statute covering the disbursement of the funds. A public depository is fully warranted and protected in making payment in accordance with the latest authorization filed with it.
66.0607(7) (7)No order may be issued by a county, city, village, town, special purpose district, school district, cooperative education service agency or technical college district clerk in excess of funds available or appropriated for the purposes for which the order is drawn, unless authorized by a resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the entire membership of the governing body.
66.0608 66.0608 Protective services.
66.0608(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
66.0608(1)(ak) (ak) “Emergency medical responder" has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (4p).
66.0608(1)(am) (am) “Emergency medical responder volunteer funds" means funds of a municipality that are raised by employees of the municipality's emergency medical responder department, by volunteers, or by donation to the emergency medical responder department, for the benefit of the municipality's emergency medical responder department.
66.0608(1)(aw) (aw) “Emergency medical services practitioner" has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (5).
66.0608(1)(b) (b) “Emergency medical services practitioner volunteer funds" means funds of a municipality that are raised by employees of the municipality's emergency medical services practitioner department, by volunteers, or by donation to the emergency medical services practitioner department, for the benefit of the municipality's emergency medical services practitioner department.
66.0608(1)(c) (c) “Fire volunteer funds" means funds of a municipality that are raised by employees of the municipality's fire department, by volunteers, or by donation to the fire department, for the benefit of the municipality's fire department.
66.0608(1)(f) (f) “Municipality" means any city, village, or town.
66.0608(1)(fm) (fm) “Political subdivision” means a city, village, town, or county.
66.0608(1)(g) (g) “Public depository" has the meaning given in s. 34.01 (5).
66.0608(1)(h) (h) “Volunteer funds" means emergency medical services practitioner volunteer funds, fire volunteer funds, or emergency medical responder volunteer funds.
66.0608(2m) (2m)Maintenance of effort.
66.0608(2m)(a) (a) Beginning July 1, 2024, annually not later than July 1, except as provided in par. (c), all of the following apply:
66.0608(2m)(a)1. 1. A city, village, or town with a population of greater than 20,000 shall certify to the department of revenue that the city, village, or town has maintained a level of law enforcement that is at least equivalent to that provided in the city, village, or town in the previous year. The certification shall include a statement under par. (b) 1. from the person in charge of providing law enforcement service for the city, village, or town, or for the city, village, or town under contract to provide this service.
66.0608(2m)(a)2. 2. A political subdivision shall certify to the department of revenue that the political subdivision has maintained a level of fire protective and emergency medical service that is at least equivalent to that provided in the political subdivision in the previous year. The certification shall include a statement under par. (b) 2. from the person in charge of providing fire protective and emergency medical services for the political subdivision, or for the political subdivision under contract to provide this service.
66.0608(2m)(a)3. 3. A certification under this paragraph is not required to certify the same items under par. (b) or (c) that were certified in a prior statement.
66.0608(2m)(b)1.1. Except as provided in par. (c) 1., [a certification under par. (a) 1. shall include] a statement that certifies that any of the following has been maintained at a level at least equivalent to the previous year:
66.0608 Note NOTE: A missing phrase is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
66.0608(2m)(b)1.a. a. Moneys raised by tax levy by the city, village, or town and expended for employment costs of law enforcement officers, as defined in s. 165.85 (2) (c).
66.0608(2m)(b)1.b. b. The percentage of the total moneys raised by tax levy by the city, village, or town that is expended for employment costs of law enforcement officers, as defined in s. 165.85 (2) (c).
66.0608(2m)(b)1.c. c. The number of full-time equivalent law enforcement officers, as defined in s. 165.85 (2) (c), employed by or assigned to the city, village, or town, not including officers whose positions are funded by grants received from the state or federal government. The person in charge of providing law enforcement service for the city, village, or town may use any reasonable method of estimating the average number of full-time equivalent law enforcement officers employed by or assigned to the city, village, or town for the year, but may consider only positions that are actually filled.
66.0608(2m)(b)2. 2. Except as provided in par. (c) 1., [a certification under par. (a) 2. shall include] a statement that certifies that any 2 of the following have been maintained at a level at least equivalent to the previous year:
66.0608 Note NOTE: A missing phrase is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
66.0608(2m)(b)2.a. a. The political subdivision's expenditures, not including capital expenditures or expenditures of grant moneys received from the state or federal government, for fire protective and emergency medical services.
66.0608(2m)(b)2.b. b. The number of full-time equivalent fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel employed by or assigned to the political subdivision, not including fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel whose positions are funded by grants received from the state or federal government. For volunteer fire and emergency medical services, those volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel who responded to at least 40 percent of calls to which volunteer fire protective or emergency medical services responded may be counted as full-time equivalent volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel under this subd. 2. b. The person in charge of providing fire protective and emergency medical services for the political subdivision may use any reasonable method of estimating the average number of full-time equivalent fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel employed by or assigned to the political subdivision for the year, but may consider only positions that are actually filled.
66.0608(2m)(b)2.c. c. The level of training of and maintenance of licensure for fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel providing fire protective and emergency medical services within the political subdivision.
66.0608(2m)(b)2.d. d. Response times for fire protective and emergency medical services throughout the political subdivision, adjusted for the location of calls for service.
66.0608(2m)(c)1.1. Except for a political subdivision that made a certification under subds. 2. to 4., if a political subdivision failed to make a certification under par. (b) 1. or 2. in the previous year, in making the certification under par. (b) 1. or 2., the political subdivision shall certify that the political subdivision has maintained a level of law enforcement or fire protective and emergency medical service that is at least equivalent to that provided in the most recent year that the political subdivision made a certification under par. (b) 1. or 2. or to that provided in 2023, whichever year is most recent.
66.0608(2m)(c)2. 2. A political subdivision that has consolidated its law enforcement services or fire protective or emergency medical services with another political subdivision or entered into a contract with a private entity to provide fire protective or emergency medical services may provide a certified statement to that effect in lieu of certification under par. (b) 1. or 2. This subdivision applies only to the year following consolidation or entry into a contract.
66.0608(2m)(c)3. 3. A political subdivision that has a newly established or joined a newly established law enforcement agency or fire protection or emergency medical service agency may provide a certified statement to that effect, in lieu of certification under par. (b) 1. or 2. This subdivision applies only to the year following establishment of the agency.
66.0608(2m)(c)4. 4. If law enforcement services in a city, village, or town are provided solely by the county sheriff on a noncontractual basis, the city, village, or town may provide a certified statement to that effect, in lieu of certification under par. (b) 1.
66.0608(3m) (3m)Separate accounts for municipal fire, emergency medical services practitioner, and emergency medical responder volunteer funds.
66.0608(3m)(a) (a) General authority. Subject to pars. (b) and (c), the governing body of a municipality may enact an ordinance that does all of the following:
66.0608(3m)(a)1. 1. Authorizes a particular official or employee of the municipality's fire department, emergency medical services practitioner department, or emergency medical responder department to deposit volunteer funds of the department for which the individual serves as an official or employee, in an account in the name of the fire department, emergency medical services practitioner department, or emergency medical responder department, in a public depository.
66.0608(3m)(a)2. 2. Gives the municipality's fire department, emergency medical services practitioner department, or emergency medical responder department, through the official or employee described under subd. 1., exclusive control over the expenditure of volunteer funds of the department for which the individual serves as an official or employee in an account described under subd. 1.
66.0608(3m)(b) (b) Limitations, requirements. An ordinance enacted under par. (a) may include any of the following limitations or requirements:
66.0608(3m)(b)1. 1. A limit on the type and amount of funds that may be deposited into the account described under par. (a) 1.
66.0608(3m)(b)2. 2. A limit on the amount of withdrawals from the account described under par. (a) 1. that may be made, and a limit on the purposes for which such withdrawals may be made.
66.0608(3m)(b)3. 3. Reporting and audit requirements that relate to the account described under par. (a) 1.
66.0608(3m)(c) (c) Ownership of funds. Notwithstanding an ordinance enacted under par. (a), volunteer funds shall remain the property of the municipality until the funds are disbursed.
Effective date note NOTE: This section is shown as affected eff. 7-1-24 by 2023 Wis. Act 12. Prior to 7-1-24 it reads:
Effective date text 66.0608 Separate accounts for municipal fire, emergency medical services practitioner, and emergency medical responder volunteer funds. (1) Definitions. In this section:
Effective date text (ak) “Emergency medical responder" has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (4p).
Effective date text (am) “Emergency medical responder volunteer funds" means funds of a municipality that are raised by employees of the municipality's emergency medical responder department, by volunteers, or by donation to the emergency medical responder department, for the benefit of the municipality's emergency medical responder department.
Effective date text (aw) “Emergency medical services practitioner" has the meaning given in s. 256.01 (5).
Effective date text (b) “Emergency medical services practitioner volunteer funds" means funds of a municipality that are raised by employees of the municipality's emergency medical services practitioner department, by volunteers, or by donation to the emergency medical services practitioner department, for the benefit of the municipality's emergency medical services practitioner department.
Effective date text (c) “Fire volunteer funds" means funds of a municipality that are raised by employees of the municipality's fire department, by volunteers, or by donation to the fire department, for the benefit of the municipality's fire department.
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2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 93 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on April 4, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 4, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-4-24)