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Special Committee on Local Service Consolidation

Chair: Rep. Josh Zepnick

Legislative Council Staff:  Scott Grosz, Melissa Schmidt, and Jessica Karls-Ruplinger
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he Special Committee is directed to review current law and practice regarding the provision of services by local units of government in order to determine whether current law should be amended to facilitate the methods by which local units of government can partner to efficiently and cost-effectively provide services, including police, fire, and educational services, to their constituents.

Report to the Legislature
  • Report to the Legislature 2011-04, Special Committee on Local Service Consolidation (May 20, 2011).
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 138, relating to county and municipal expenditures for emergency services.
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 139, relating to loans to study or implement the consolidation, or cooperation for the provision, of local governmental unit services or the consolidation of local governmental units and granting rule-making authority.
  • 2011 Assembly Bill 140, relating to exceptions to county and municipal levy limits and school district revenue limits for expenditures related to the implementation of service consolidation or cooperation, or to the implementation of political subdivision or school district consolidation.
  • 2011 Assembly Joint Resolution 41, relating to different property tax levy rates for parts of cities, villages, towns, counties, and school districts added by attachments to school districts, consolidations, and boundary chagnes under cooperative agreements (first consideration).
Results of the May 4, 2011 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
Recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council (May 4, 2011)
  • Memo to Members of the Special Committee, Council Consideration of Committee Report (April 27, 2011).
  • Proposed Report 2011-04, Special Committee on Local Service Consolidation (February 18, 2010).
  • LRB-1430/1, relating to county and municipal expenditures for emergency services.
  • WLC: 0002/1, relating to different property tax levy rates for parts of cities, villages, towns, counties, and school districts added by attachments to school districts, consolidations, and boundary changes under cooperative agreements (first consideration).
  • LRB-0654/1, relating to loans to study or implement the consolidation, or cooperation for the provision, of local governmental unit services or the consolidation of local governmental units, and granting rule-making authority.
  • WLC:  0075/1, relating to exceptions to county and municipal levy limits and school district revenue limits for expenditures related to the implementation of service consolidation or cooperation, or to the implementation of political subdivision or school district consolidation.
 
Results of February 4, 2011 Mail Ballot
  • Results of February 4, 2011 mail ballot.
February 4, 2011 Mail Ballot
  • WLC: 0001/1, relating to county and municipal expenditures for emergency services.
  • WLC: 0002/1, relating to different property tax levy rates for parts of cities, villages, towns, counties, and school districts added by attachments to school districts, consolidations, and boundary changes under cooperative agreements (first consideration).
  • WLC: 0004/2, relating to loans to study or implement the consolidation, or cooperation for the provision, of local governmental unit services or the consolidation of local governmental units, and granting rule-making authority.
  • WLC:  0075/1, relating to exceptions to county and municipal levy limits and school district revenue limits for expenditures related to the implementation of service consolidation or cooperation, or to the implementation of political subdivision or school district consolidation.
  • Memo No. 3, Comparison of WLC: 0004/1 and WLC: 0004/2 (February 3, 2011).
December 14, 2010
  • Memo No. 2, WLC: 0004/1 and WLC: 0019/2 (December 7, 2010)
  • WLC: 0004/1, relating to loans to implement the consolidation, or cooperation for the provision, of local governmental unit services or the consolidation of local governmental units.
  • WLC: 0019/2, relating to an exception to county and municipal levy limits for expenditures related to the implementation of service consolidation or cooperation or the implementation of political subdivision consolidation.
  • WLC: 0043/1, relating to an exception to school district revenue limits for expenditures related to the implementation of service consolidation or cooperation, or to the implementation of school district consolidation.
  • Letter from Dixie Edge, Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association (November 18, 2010).
  • Letter from Jay Zahn, Wisconsin County Constitutional Officers.
November 10, 2010
  • Memo No. 1, Issues for Consideration by the Special Committee (November 3, 2010).
  • WLC: 0001/1, relating to county and municipal expenditures for emergency services.
  • WLC: 0002/1, relating to different property tax levy rates for parts of cities, villages, towns, counties, and school districts added by attachments to school districts, consolidations, and boundary changes under cooperative agreements (first consideration).
  • WLC: 0004/P1, relating to loans and grants to study and implement the consolidation of municipal services.
  • WLC: 0019/1, relating to an exception to county and municipal levy limits for expenditures related to the study or implementation of service consolidation.
  • Presentation, Fiscal Disparities in the Twin Cities, by Deb Detrick, Planning Analyst, J.D., Metropolitan Council (November 10, 2010).
  • Handout, Fiscal Disparities in Twin Cities:  Key Findings for Taxes Payable 2010, distributed by Deb Detrick, Planning Analyst, J.D., Metropolitan Council (July 2010).
  • Presentation, West Milwaukee Agreement, by Dennis Yaccarino, Office of Budget and Management, City of Milwaukee.
  • Presentation, Racine Revenue Sharing Program, by Christine Cramer, Senior Economic Consultant, Ruekert Mielke, Inc. (November 10, 2010).
  • Memorandum, Facilitating Intergovernmental Collaboration for the Provision of Services and the Joint Exercise of Powers, from David Callendar, Legislative Associate, Wisconsin Counties Association, and Andrew T. Phillips, Phillips Borowski, S.C., Wisconsin Counties Association General Counsel (November 9, 2010).
  • Recent article, Fiscal Disparities Law Seen as Big Asset for Twin Cities Area, distributed by Deb Detrick, Planning Analyst, J.D., Metropolitan Council (October 2010).
  • Publication, The Fiscal Disparities Program:  Commercial-Industrial Tax Base Sharing, House Research, distributed by Deb Detrick, Planning Analyst, J.D., Metropolitan Council (January 2005).
  • Presentation, Milwaukee Fire Department and Village of West Milwaukee Fire Department Consolidation, by Mark Rohlfing, Fire Chief, City of Milwaukee.
  • Letter to Chair Zepnick from Lee Holloway, Chairman of the Board, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors (November 8, 2010).
  • Presentation, Stormwater Regulations and Phosphorus Standards:  Opportunities for Intergovernmental Cooperation, by Paul G. Kent and Constance L. anderson, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP (November 10, 2010).
October 5, 2010
  • Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Beloit and Rock County, distributed by Larry Arft, City Manager, Beloit.>
  • Presentation by Larry Arft, City Manager, City of Beloit and Phil Boutwell, Assistant to the County Administrator, Rock County (October, 2010).
  • Testimony by Curt Witynski, Assistant Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities (September 2, 2010).
    • Handout by Curt Witynski, Assistant Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities (September 2, 2010).
    • Handout by Curt Witynski, Assistant Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities (September 2, 2010).
    • Handout, Building a Better Ohio:  Creating Collaboration in Governance, The Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration, distributed by Curt Witynski, Assitant Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities (August 27, 2010).
  • Presentation, Restructuring Local Government Recycling Programs, by Ann Coakley, Director, Waste & Materials Management, Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
  • Testimony of Ann Coakley, Director, Waste and Materials Management Program, DNR (October 5, 2010).
August 31, 2010
  • Staff Brief 10-03, Intergovernmental Cooperation (August 23, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, Fiscal Issues Facing Milwaukee's City and County Governments, submitted by Ron Henken, President, Public Policy Forum (August 31, 2010).
  • PowerPoint presentation, A Roadmap for Government Transformation, Local Government Services in Wisconsin - Reducing the Cost and Improving Effectiveness, submitted by Gary Becker (August 31, 2010).
  • Handout, Mergers & Consolidation of Services, by Alan Probst, Local Government Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Local Government Center.
  • Publication, City of Milwaukee's Fiscal Condition, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, An Independent Third-Party Analysis, submitted by Ron Henken, President, Public Policy Forum.
  • Publication, Milwaukee County's Fiscal Condition, Crisis on the Horizon?  An Independent Third-Party Analysis, submitted by Ron Henken, President, Public Policy Forum.
  • Publication, Merger of City-Village Services:  Best Practices, submitted by Chuck Law, Director and Community Planning and Design Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extensionís Local Government Center.
  • Publication, Government, Effectiveness, Performance, and Local Property Values, submitted by Steven Deller, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison.
  • Publication, Public-Private Partnerships and Cooperative Agreements in Municipal Service Delivery, submitted by Steven Deller, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison.
  • Publication, Tax and Expenditure Limitations and Economic Growth, submitted by Steven Deller, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison.
  • Publication, Municipal Responses to Fiscal Stress, submitted by Steven Deller, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison.