2012 Approved Resolutions

  1. 2012-1
  2. 2012-2
  3. 2012-3
  4. 2012-4
  5. 2012-5
Conference Resolution No. 2012-1
Restoration of Shared Revenue Funding

Whereas, 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, cut shared revenue funding for municipalities by 7% ($47.7 million) effective 2012; and

Whereas, shared revenue funding for municipalities has been cut twice before due to the state’s fiscal difficulties, including cuts of $57.6 million in 2004 and $23.1 million in 2010; and

Whereas, for over ninety years the state shared revenue program has been a key component of Wisconsin’s state and local relationship and an important part of the state’s overall program of property tax relief ; and

Whereas, Gov. Walker and legislative leaders have made job creation and economic growth a top priority; and

Whereas, to create jobs and economic growth, municipalities must invest in services that businesses demand, like police protection, fire suppression, road maintenance, and snowplowing; and

Whereas, to create jobs and economic growth, municipalities must invest in infrastructure that businesses demand, like sewer pipes, water mains, roads, culverts, and bridges; and

Whereas, to create jobs and economic growth, municipalities must invest significant funds in a variety of development tools, such as development incentives and grants, business incubators, recruitment and retention efforts, community branding, public/private partnerships, economic development networks, urban service area extensions, and tax incremental financing districts; and

Whereas, a strong infrastructure for economic growth, which includes an efficient and effective transportation system to serve the workers and business community, is vital and necessary to the future of our state; and

Whereas, job creation and economic growth in our communities will generate additional sales and income taxes for the state; and

Whereas, the state should reinvest a portion of its revenue growth in local communities to spur further job creation and economic growth and put Wisconsin on the road to permanent financial stability;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the League of Wisconsin Municipalities in conference assembled on October 18, 2012, urges the Governor and the Legislature to restore shared revenue funding to 2002 levels