Under the 2020-21 state budget funding for the Expenditure Restraint (ERP) remains at the same level as in the past, $58 million annually.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) posted the 2020 Expenditure Restraint Budget Worksheet (Form SL-203) on its website. The worksheet had to be submitted by May 1, 2019 to be eligible for ERP payments in 2020.
To qualify for a 2021 ERP payment, both of the following must apply:
1. Your municipal-only 2019 property tax rate must exceed 5 mills. According to DOR, 467 municipalities have a 2018 tax rate above five mills.
2. Your municipality’s non-debt general fund budget expenditure increase from 2019 to 2020 must be less than the sum of the 1.9 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for the 12 months ending September 30, 2019, plus your net new construction percentage during 2018 (up to a maximum 2 percent).
DOR Individual Community Limit Notice
On October 31, 2019 DOR posted on its website each community's 2020 Expenditure Restraint Program Budget Limit Notice.