Expenditure Restraint Program

State Budget Funding

Under the 2017-2019 state budget funding for ERP remains at the same level as in the past, $58 million annually. 


The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) posted the 2018 Expenditure Restraint Budget Worksheet (Form SL-203) on its website.
According to DOR, 477 municipalities are eligible to file and qualify for a 2019 Expenditure Restraint Program (ERP) payment. Letters were mailed to the eligible municipalities on October 25, 2017.
To qualify for a 2019 ERP payment, both of the following  must apply:
1.     Your municipal-only 2017 property tax rate must exceed 5 mills
  • According to DOR records, 477 municipalities have a 2016 tax rate above 5 mills
  • Note: This excludes TIF district value and tax increments 
2.     Your municipality’s non-debt general fund budget expenditure increase from 2017 to 2018 must be less than the sum of the 2.1 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for the 12 months ending September 30, 2017, plus your net new construction percentage during 2016 (up to a maximum 2 percent). Note: On October 5, 2017, DOR notified municipalities of their allowable 2018 budget increase.

DOR will notify communities of their allowable 2019 budget increase in late October 2018.