Expenditure Restraint Program

State Budget Funding

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 2020 ERP payment, both of the following  must apply:

 1.     Your municipal-only 2018 property tax rate must exceed 5 mills

2.     Your municipality’s non-debt general fund budget expenditure increase from 2019 to 2020 must be
less than the sum of the 1.85 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 will notify communities of their allowable 2020 budget increase in late October 2019.