What are impact fees and what can they be used for?
Section 66.0617 of the Wisconsin statutes
provides explicit authority for towns, villages, and cities to enact
ordinances imposing impact fees (i.e., "cash contributions,
contributions of land or interests in land or any other items of value")
upon developers of land to pay for the construction of certain public
facilities necessitated by the development. Impact fees may be imposed
to pay for some or all of the capital costs to construct, expand or
improve the following "public facilities:" "highways and other
transportation facilities, traffic control devices, facilities for
collecting and treating sewage, facilities for collecting and treating
storm and surface waters, facilities for pumping, storing and
distributing water, parks, playgrounds, and land for athletic fields,
solid waste and recycling facilities, fire protection facilities, law
enforcement facilities, emergency medical facilities and libraries."
Wis. Stat. secs. 66.0617(1)(a) and (f).