Powers of Municipalities

  1. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 1

    What procedures must a municipality follow when it sells land and may a municipality sell land for below fair market value?

  2. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 2

    Can a municipality offer to waive or reimburse payment of property taxes, as an incentive to businesses or other property owners to locate in the community?

  3. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 3

    Can municipalities adopt and enforce ordinances prohibiting the discharging of a gun within the municipality?

  4. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 4

    May a municipality enforce a municipal ordinance outside its corporate boundaries (e.g., on land the municipality owns that is located in an adjacent town)?

  5. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 5

    Does a village board or city council have any authority to donate public funds to local non-profit organizations?

  6. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 6

    May a city subject to Wis. Stat. sec. 62,13 operate a joint police department with a county? Another city? A village?

  7. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 7

    Does a village have the power to create a Tax Incremental Financing District under Wis. Stat. sec. 66.1105?

  8. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 8

    Municipalities are prohibited from imposing taxes unless they are specifically authorized by the legislature but can impose fees. What is the difference between a tax and a fee?

  9. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 9

    Does a city or village have authority to charge property owners a fee for the cost of providing fire department services to their property and extend the fee onto the tax roll if not paid?

  10. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 10

    What are the differences between cities and villages?

  11. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 11

    May a municipality lawfully require nonresidents to pay higher fees than residents?

  12. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 12

    May a municipality plow snow from and spread salt on private roads, driveways, and parking lots?

  13. Powers of Municipalities FAQ 13

    May municipalities regulate the size of election campaign signs and the duration that they can be displayed?