86.303(5)(f)3. 3. For a village or town, the amount of the reduction may not exceed $100 for each working day after the date required in par. (c) or (d) that the report form is actually submitted.
86.303(5)(f)4. 4. For a village or town, the amount of the reduction may not exceed $2,200.
86.303(5)(g) (g) The department and the department of revenue shall prescribe a uniform financial reporting procedure under s. 73.10 for counties having a population of 25,000 or more and municipalities having a population of 25,000 or more for the purposes under this section and for the purposes of administering other local aid programs, as defined by the department of revenue by rule. The financial reports specified by the department of revenue shall be submitted to that department by July 31 each year. The department of revenue shall forward the highway-related cost data from the reports to the department.
86.303(5)(h) (h) Except as provided in par. (i), if a county or municipality under par. (g) fails to submit the financial reports required under par. (g) by July 31 each year, the aids payable to the county or municipality during the following year shall be equal to 90 percent of the aids actually paid to the county or municipality under s. 86.30 (2) during the preceding year.
86.303(5)(i) (i) If a county or municipality under par. (g) submits the financial reports required under par. (g) within 30 calendar days after July 31, the aids payable to the county or municipality for the following year shall be reduced by an amount equal to 1 percent of the aids payable to the county or municipality for the following year for each working day after July 31 that the report form is actually submitted, subject to the following limitations:
86.303(5)(i)1. 1. The amount of the reduction may not exceed 10 percent of the aids payable to the county or municipality under s. 86.30 (2) for the following year.
86.303(5)(i)2. 2. The amount of aids payable to the county or municipality under s. 86.30 (2) during the following year may not be reduced to less than 90 percent of the aids actually paid to the county or municipality under s. 86.30 (2) during the preceding year.
86.303(5)(j) (j) The aids payable to a county or municipality that is required to submit a financial report form under par. (d) and financial reports under par. (g) shall be reduced under any applicable provision of par. (e), (f), (h) or (i), subject to the limitations under pars. (f) and (i).
86.303(6) (6) Eligible cost items. All public road, street or alley construction and maintenance expenditures within the right-of-way are generally reportable as eligible cost items.
86.303(6)(a) (a) Maintenance items include without limitation because of enumeration:
86.303(6)(a)1. 1. Pavement and curb and gutter repair.
86.303(6)(a)2. 2. Maintenance of bridges, culverts and storm sewers.
86.303(6)(a)3. 3. Snow plowing and ice control.
86.303(6)(a)4. 4. Maintenance of traffic control devices.
86.303(6)(b) (b) Construction items include without limitation because of enumeration:
86.303(6)(b)1. 1. Storm drainage systems, culverts and bridges.
86.303(6)(b)2. 2. Grading, base and surface.
86.303(6)(b)3. 3. Marking, signs and traffic control signals.
86.303(6)(b)4. 4. Engineering.
86.303(6)(b)5. 5. Right-of-way acquisition, including relocation assistance.
86.303(6)(c) (c) The following other costs to the extent they are highway related are reportable:
86.303(6)(c)1. 1. Machinery and vehicle costs.
86.303(6)(c)2. 2. Expenditures for buildings required for road or street purposes.
86.303(6)(c)3. 3. Interest cost related to funds borrowed to finance any eligible cost item.
86.303(6)(c)4. 4. Street lighting costs.
86.303(6)(cm) (cm) Some portion of law enforcement costs determined by the department, in consultation with the representatives appointed under sub. (5) (am), may be reported as eligible cost items. The department may establish different portions under this paragraph for different classes of counties or municipalities.
86.303(6)(d) (d) Road, street or alley costs not eligible include costs that are financed with public funds other than road or street funds, items that are by statute, ordinance or local policy not a public expense or responsibility and all administrative costs. Costs not eligible include costs incurred on every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel only by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner and every road, alley or driveway upon the grounds of public institutions.
86.303(6)(e) (e) Cost data shall not include state or federal contributions to the work, all other public agency fund contributions, and all private contributions other than local assessments or special assessments paid by governmental agencies.
86.303(6)(f) (f) The department shall provide a manual of cost reporting guidelines which further details eligible and ineligible costs.
86.303(7) (7) Cost review and audit.
86.303(7)(a)(a) The department shall analyze the county and municipal highway-related cost data to identify that data that does not conform to reasonable averages and statistical groups or with previous reported costs. The department may request information from those municipalities or counties to explain the deviation. If not satisfied, the department may order the municipality or county to conduct and report to the department an independent certified audit of its financial report or, if the county or municipality has already conducted an audit of its financial report which complies with requirements under 31 USC 7501 to 7505, may require the county or municipality to provide the department with an itemization of data comprising that audit. The costs of an audit or of providing the department itemized data comprising an audit shall be a reportable cost item if the audit substantially verifies the original financial report.
86.303(7)(b) (b) If the county or municipality fails to conduct an independent audit when ordered to do so by the department, the aids payable during the following year shall be equal to 90 percent of the aids actually paid during the preceding year. If the department has reason to believe that the 90 percent payment will be greater than the actual payment should be, the department may itself order an independent audit and deduct the audit costs from the transportation aids paid to the county or municipality under s. 86.30 (2). Any underpayment or overpayment of aids resulting from financial reporting errors shall be rectified by adjusting aids paid in the following year.
86.303(7)(c) (c) Any municipality having a population of 2,500 or less which has submitted its financial report form may amend it prior to March 31 or prior to May 15 if a written request for extension has been received by the department of revenue. Any county or any municipality having a population over 2,500 which has submitted its financial report form may amend it prior to May 1 or prior to May 15 if a written request for extension has been received by the department of revenue. Any amendments shall be submitted to the department of revenue. Any county or municipality which desires to amend its financial report form after May 15 shall submit an independent, certified audit to the department of revenue no later than August 15.
86.303(7)(d) (d) Any county or municipality that desires to amend past-year cost reports shall submit an independent, certified audit to the department. Any county or municipality that desires to amend past-year financial report forms shall submit amendments to the department of revenue.
86.305 86.305 Eligibility for transportation aids. The restriction of access to a street under s. 66.0429 (3) may not affect the eligibility of a city to receive any state transportation aids.
86.305 History History: 1993 a. 113; 1999 a. 150 s. 672.
86.31 86.31 Local roads improvement program.
86.31(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
86.31(1)(a) (a) “County highway improvement program district" means a group of counties established by the department by rule under sub. (6) (f).
86.31(1)(am) (am) “County highway improvement program district committee" means a committee established by the department by rule under sub. (6) (f) consisting of all of the county highway commissioners from counties within a county highway improvement program district.
86.31(1)(ao) (ao) “Eligible agricultural road project” means a project that is eligible for a grant under sub. (3o) (b).
86.31(1)(ar) (ar) “Entitlement" means the amount of aid made available under sub. (3) for reimbursement within a county for the components specified in sub. (3) (a) 1. to 3.
86.31(1)(b) (b) “Improvement" means a highway construction project with a projected design life of at least 10 years or a feasibility study of a highway construction project with a projected design life of at least 10 years.
86.31(1)(c) (c) “Local roads" means county trunk highways, town roads, or streets under the authority of cities or villages.
86.31(1)(d) (d) “Political subdivision" means a county, city, village or town.
86.31(1)(e) (e) “Program" means the local roads improvement program.
86.31(1)(f) (f) “Street" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (64).
86.31(2) (2) Administration.
86.31(2)(a)(a) The department shall administer a local roads improvement program to accelerate the improvement of seriously deteriorating local roads and, under sub. (3o), of agricultural roads improvements by reimbursing political subdivisions for improvements. The selection of improvements that may be funded under the program shall be performed by officials of each political subdivision, consistent with par. (h) and the requirements of subs. (3), (3g), (3m), (3o), and (3r). The department shall notify each county highway commissioner of any deadline that affects eligibility for reimbursement under the program no later than 15 days before such deadline.
86.31(2)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (d), improvements for highway construction projects funded under the program shall be under contracts. Such contracts shall be awarded on the basis of competitive bids and shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. If a city or village does not receive a responsible bid for an improvement, the city or village may contract with a county for the improvement. Subject to s. 59.52 (30), a town may contract with a county for the improvement subject to the criteria and procedures promulgated as rules under sub. (6) (h).
86.31(2)(c) (c) Improvements consisting of feasibility studies funded under the program may be performed by political subdivisions or the department of transportation, including the making and execution of all contracts.
86.31(2)(d) (d) County trunk highway improvements funded under the program, including the hauling and laying of asphaltic hot mix, may be performed by county highway departments, subject to the following restrictions:
86.31(2)(d)1m. 1m. The county highway department demonstrates that it is cost-effective for it to perform the work and that competitive bidding is to be used for improvements with an estimated total cost at least equal to the total funds allocated for its county trunk highway improvements under the program during the current biennium.
86.31(2)(d)4. 4. Contracts for the purchase of asphaltic hot mix shall be awarded on the basis of competitive sealed bidding.
86.31(2)(d)5. 5. Each county highway improvement program district committee shall do all of the following with respect to any work to be performed by any county highway department within the county highway improvement program district:
86.31(2)(d)5.a. a. Review the proposed work and determine that it is cost-effective for the county highway department to perform the work.
86.31(2)(d)5.b. b. Approve the proposed work prior to its being performed by the county highway department.
86.31(2)(e) (e) The department of transportation may not require as a condition of reimbursement that the design and construction of any improvement with eligible costs totaling $65,000 or less be certified by a registered professional engineer.
86.31(2)(h) (h) A double seal coat project on a town road may be funded under the program if it has a projected life of at least 10 years, similar projects in the same geographic area have performed satisfactorily, and the county highway commissioner of the county in which the project is located approves the project's eligibility for funding.
86.31(3) (3) Entitlement component.
86.31(3)(a)(a) Funds provided under s. 20.395 (2) (fr) shall be distributed under this subsection. For purposes of entitlement, the program shall consist of the following components:
86.31(3)(a)1. 1. County trunk highway improvements.
86.31(3)(a)2. 2. Town road improvements.
86.31(3)(a)3. 3. City and village street improvements.
86.31(3)(b) (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (fr), the department shall allocate funds for entitlement as follows:
86.31(3)(b)1. 1. For county trunk highway improvements, 43 percent.
86.31(3)(b)2. 2. For town road improvements, 28.5 percent.
86.31(3)(b)3. 3. For city and village street improvements, 28.5 percent.
86.31(3)(c) (c) Entitlements for each component under this subsection will be determined by a formula and calculated for each county, except that cities and villages with a population of 20,000 or more shall receive a proportionate share of the entitlement for city and village street improvements for the applicable county. No county may receive less than 0.5 percent of the total funds allocated to counties for county trunk highway improvements under par. (b) 1.
86.31(3g) (3g) County trunk highway improvements — discretionary grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (ft), the department shall allocate $5,127,000 in fiscal years 2014-15 to 2016-17 and $5,393,400 in fiscal year 2017-2018 to fund county trunk highway improvements with eligible costs totaling more than $250,000. In fiscal year 2023-24 the department shall allocate $5,615,600 to fund county trunk highway improvements with such eligible costs. In fiscal year 2024-25 and each fiscal year thereafter, the department shall allocate $5,840,200 to fund county trunk highway improvements with such eligible costs. The funding of improvements under this subsection is in addition to the allocation of funds for entitlements under sub. (3).
86.31(3m) (3m) Town road improvements — discretionary grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (ft), the department shall allocate $5,732,500 in fiscal years 2011-12 to 2016-17 and $5,923,600 in fiscal year 2017-18 to fund town road improvements with eligible costs totaling $100,000 or more. In fiscal year 2023-24, the department shall allocate $6,151,900 to fund town road improvements with such eligible costs. In fiscal year 2024-25 and each fiscal year thereafter, the department shall allocate $6,398,000 to fund town road improvements with such eligible costs. The funding of improvements under this subsection is in addition to the allocation of funds for entitlements under sub. (3).
86.31(3o) (3o) Agricultural roads improvements.
86.31(3o)(a)1.1. Any funds directed for agricultural roads improvements under this subsection shall be distributed as grants to reimburse political subdivisions for eligible agricultural road projects or expended for reimbursable costs by the department acting as a fiscal agent under par. (i).
86.31(3o)(a)2. 2. The department shall prescribe the form, nature, and extent of information that shall be contained in applications for grants under this subsection. If the application is for a project to improve a class “B” highway, the department shall require the applicant to state when the highway was designated as a class “B” highway under s. 349.15. To the extent feasible, the department shall do all of the following:
86.31(3o)(a)2.a. a. Develop an application that does not exceed 2 pages in length.
86.31(3o)(a)2.b. b. Prescribe a simple and clear application process that is reasonably accessible to political subdivisions with limited staffing resources.
86.31(3o)(b) (b) An agricultural road project is not eligible for a grant under this subsection unless all of the following apply:
86.31(3o)(b)1. 1. The project is to improve a highway functionally classified by the department as a local road or minor collector or a bridge or culvert on a highway functionally classified by the department as a local road or minor collector.
86.31(3o)(b)2. 2. If the project is solely for the improvement of a bridge or culvert, the bridge or culvert is 20 feet or less in length and is not eligible for funding under a federal program providing funding for bridge improvements.
86.31(3o)(b)3. 3. The highway, bridge, or culvert under subd. 1. provides access to agricultural lands or facilities used for the production of agricultural goods, including forest products, and is used by at least one agricultural producer.
86.31(3o)(b)4. 4. The highway under subd. 1. or the highway upon which the bridge or culvert under subd. 1. is located is designated as a class “B” highway under s. 349.15 due to structural deficiencies or has been subject to a posted weight limitation for at least one month during the previous year.
86.31(3o)(b)5. 5. After completion of the project, except as provided under par. (k), the highway under subd. 4. will not be designated as a class “B” highway under s. 349.15 and will not be subject to a posted weight limitation other than under extraordinary or emergency circumstances.
86.31(3o)(b)6. 6. The highway, bridge, or culvert under subd. 1. is maintained by a political subdivision.
86.31(3o)(c) (c) In awarding grants under this subsection, subject to par. (d), the department and the committee under par. (j), with information from affected highway users, shall select projects that provide the greatest benefit to agricultural producers in this state using the following criteria:
86.31(3o)(c)1. 1. Projects that improve access by the largest number of agricultural producers to agricultural lands or facilities used for the production of agricultural goods, including forest products.
86.31(3o)(c)2. 2. Projects that will result in reduction of any of the following for agricultural producers:
86.31(3o)(c)2.a. a. Repeated trips at reduced weights.
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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)