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Welcome to WISE-Decade 

The 2021 Ward Data Collection will take place MARCH 1 - MARCH 15, 2021. 

This is a special occurrence that takes place only in the year following the U.S. Census. In years ending in '1', ward data collection is just prior to the start of local redistricting so that accurate municipal boundaries may be used by your County Land Information Officer to 'split' U.S. Census block geography to incorporate any missing annexations. Please also note that there will be no July municipal ward collection in 2021 as that will be incorporated into the local redistricting process. Normal January and July ward collection will resume in 2022.

LTSB's Open Data Page: 
(Active Collection Layers are automatically updated when a county uploads data)
Statewide municipal wards, municipal boundaries, and county supervisory districts
 
WISE-Decade Platform: 
(Users need credentials to log in)
The WISE-Decade platform is a suite of mapping tools developed to assist Wisconsin counties and municipalities with legislative and legal requirements mandated by state law 5.15(4)(br)1.
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The following applications will help
streamline and simplify these required processes:

 

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Consolidated BAS & Data Collection Mapping Tool

WISE-Decade CBAS

What does the CBAS/Data Collection application do?

The CBAS/Data Collection application compares U.S. Census Bureau geography with local municipal data to generate a symmetrical difference, automatically enters the required attributes, filters for Census defined acceptable changes, and flags potential annexations not yet submitted to, or absorbed by, the U.S. Census Bureau. If you need help using WISE-Decade CBAS application, please refer to: WISE-Decade CBAS/Data Collection Tool Help Documentation.

What is BAS/CBAS?

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units in the United States. The Census Bureau uses the boundary information collected in the BAS to tabulate data for the decennial and economic censuses, and annual estimates and surveys such as the Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey.

To reduce the burden on local governments, and avoid the duplication of efforts, the Census Bureau offers consolidation agreements under the ‘Consolidated BAS’ (CBAS) program to counties that are interested in submitting boundary changes on behalf of the legal governments (incorporated places and minor civil divisions) within their jurisdiction. Once a local government agrees to the consolidation, the local government will no longer receive BAS materials from the Census. Instead, the county BAS respondent will be solely responsible for providing LTSB with all boundary updates. Then LTSB will submit all data on behalf of the state to the Census Bureau. For more information about BAS/CBAS, please refer to the Census Bureau's website

Why did we create WISE-Decade CBAS?

Wisconsin local and legislative redistricting is mandated by our state's constitution to use U.S. Census tabulated geography for creating districts. Historically, most counties and municipalities have not participated in BAS; therefore Census TIGER lines do not correctly align with local data in Wisconsin. To minimize the effort it takes for locals to submit data to the Census, we had previously created a desktop ArcGIS ArcMap Add-In that was widely well-received, but providing data and application updates for the user base has been difficult. To further minimize local efforts, and eliminate these types of issues, we have created a web based application utilizing ArcGIS Server and the ArcGIS JavaScript API.

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WISE-LR: Wisconsin Shape Editor for Local Redistricting

Wisconsin’s Local Redistricting Group is pleased to announce the Local Redistricting Training Webinar Series

WISE-LR is a web application developed by the LTSB specifically for the state statutes of Wisconsin and local redistricting laws in 2021. WISE-LR will allow local officials, or their delegates, to create, analyze, and share county supervisory plans, municipal ward plans, and aldermanic plans with accurate demographic data. Every Wisconsin County Clerk, County Land Information Officer, and Municipal Clerk will be sent credentials and instructions on how to log-in to the WISE-LR Local Redistricting Software. If you need help using the WISE-LR application, please refer to: WISE-LR Help Documentation.

As with previous versions, the primary purpose of WISE-LR is for local government officials to draw their ward and supervisory districts. Additionally, the site may be used by any geographic boundaries where population matters! This may include school districts, special tax districts, aldermanic districts or many others. The system is designed to allow easy collaboration, data sharing, and data file creation as a module of WISE-Decade.

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