2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 121. School finance.
121.07 General provisions; state aid computation.

121.07

121.07 General provisions; state aid computation. In this subchapter:

121.07(1)

(1) Basis for statistics.

121.07(1)(a)

(a) The membership of the school district in the previous school year and the shared cost for the previous school year shall be used in computing general aid. If a school district has a state trust fund loan as a result of s. 24.61 (3) (c) 2., the school district's debt service costs shall be based upon current school year costs for the term of the loan and for one additional school year.

121.07(1)(b)

(b) If the school district valuation is increased or decreased due to an alteration in school district boundaries before the 3rd Friday in September, the estimated shared cost for the current school year and the estimated mill levy rate shall be based on the school district equalized valuation of the territory comprising the altered school district.

121.07(1)(c)

(c) If an order of school district reorganization under ch. 117 is not effective due to litigation until after the 3rd Friday in September but takes effect before April 1 of the current school year, state aid for any affected school district for the first year of operation shall be computed after the order takes effect using calculations by the state superintendent of the number of pupils enrolled and teacher-pupil ratio for the territory in the affected school district, which shall be made as if the school district had been in existence on the 3rd Friday in September.

121.07(6)

(6) Shared cost.

121.07(6)(a)

(a) "Shared cost" is the sum of the net cost of the general fund and the net cost of the debt service fund, except that "shared cost" excludes any costs, including attorney fees, incurred by a school district as a result of its participation in a lawsuit commenced against the state, beginning with such costs incurred in the fiscal year in which the lawsuit is commenced, excludes any expenditures from a capital improvement fund created under s. 120.135 and excludes the costs of transporting those transfer pupils for whom the school district operating under ch. 119 does not receive intradistrict transfer aid under s. 121.85 (6) as a result of s. 121.85 (6) (am). In this paragraph, "net cost of the debt service fund" includes all of the following amounts:

121.07(6)(a)1.

1. If a school board makes an expenditure from a capital expansion fund created under s. 120.10 (10m), an amount determined by dividing the expenditure by the number of years in which the school district levied a tax for the capital project. This subdivision applies for the number of years equal to the number of years in which the school district levied a tax for the capital project.

121.07(6)(a)2.

2. The annual cost of leasing a school or other school district facility if the lease provides for construction of the school or facility and the lease either provides that ownership of the school or facility transfers to the school district at the termination of the lease or provides an option for such a transfer.

121.07(6)(am)

(am) In par. (a), for the purpose of calculating state aid paid to a school district in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, "shared cost" excludes any amount expended in the previous school year from the school district's fund balance to pay the school district's unfunded pension liability under the Wisconsin Retirement System or to pay debt service for debt issued to refinance the balance of the unfunded pension liability if the result of excluding such expenditures is an increase in state aid paid to the school district under s. 121.08.

121.07(6)(b)

(b) The "primary ceiling cost per member" is $1,000.

121.07(6)(c)

(c) The "primary shared cost" is that portion of a district's shared cost which is less than or equal to the primary ceiling cost per member multiplied by its membership.

121.07(6)(d)

(d) The "secondary ceiling cost per member" in the 2001-02 school year and in each school year thereafter is an amount determined by dividing the state total shared cost in the previous school year by the state total membership in the previous school year and multiplying the result by 0.90.

121.07(6)(dg)

(dg) The "secondary shared cost" is that portion of a school district's shared cost which is greater than the primary ceiling cost per member multiplied by its membership and less than or equal to the secondary ceiling cost per member multiplied by its membership.

121.07(6)(dr)

(dr) The "tertiary shared cost" is that portion of a school district's shared cost which is greater than the secondary ceiling cost per member multiplied by its membership.

121.07(6)(e)

(e)

121.07(6)(e)1.

1. For a school district created by a consolidation under s. 117.08 or 117.09, in the school year in which the consolidation takes effect and in each of the subsequent 4 school years, the amounts under pars. (b) and (d) shall be multiplied by 1.15 and rounded to the next lowest dollar.

121.07(6)(e)2.

2. For a school district from which territory was detached to create a school district under s. 117.105, in each of the 3 school years beginning on the July 1 following the effective date of the reorganization under s. 117.105, the amounts under pars. (b) and (d) shall be multiplied by 1.05 and rounded to the next lower dollar.

121.07(7)

(7) Guaranteed valuation per member.

121.07(7)(a)

(a) The "primary guaranteed valuation per member" is $1,930,000.

121.07(7)(b)

(b) The "secondary guaranteed valuation per member" is an amount, rounded to the next lower dollar, that, after subtraction of payments under ss. 121.09 and 121.85 (6) (b) 2. and 3. and (c), fully distributes an amount equal to the amount remaining in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ac).

121.07(7)(bm)

(bm) The "tertiary guaranteed valuation per member" is the amount rounded to the next lower dollar determined by dividing the equalized valuation of the state by the state total membership.

121.07(7)(c)

(c) For districts operating only high school grades, the amounts in pars. (a) to (bm) shall be multiplied by 3 and rounded to the next lower dollar.

121.07(7)(d)

(d) For districts operating only elementary grades, the amounts in pars. (a) to (bm) shall be multiplied by 1.5 and rounded to the next lower dollar.

121.07(7)(e)

(e)

121.07(7)(e)1.

1. For a school district created by a consolidation under s. 117.08 or 117.09, in the school year in which the consolidation takes effect and in each of the subsequent 4 school years, the amounts under pars. (a) to (bm) shall be multiplied by 1.15 and rounded to the next lower dollar.

121.07(7)(e)2.

2. For a school district from which territory was detached to create a school district under s. 117.105, in each of the 3 school years beginning on the July 1 following the effective date of the reorganization under s. 117.105, the amounts under pars. (a) to (bm) shall be multiplied by 1.05 and rounded to the next lower dollar.

121.07(8)

(8) Guaranteed valuation. A school district's primary, secondary and tertiary guaranteed valuations are determined by multiplying the amounts in sub. (7) by the district's membership.

121.07(10)

(10) Required levy rate.

121.07(10)(a)

(a) The "required levy rate" is the sum of the rates derived in pars. (b) to (d).

121.07(10)(b)

(b) The "primary required levy rate" is the primary shared cost divided by the primary guaranteed valuation.

121.07(10)(c)

(c) The "secondary required levy rate" is the secondary shared cost divided by the secondary guaranteed valuation.

121.07(10)(d)

(d) The "tertiary required levy rate" is the tertiary shared cost divided by the tertiary guaranteed valuation.

121.07 - ANNOT.

History: 1971 c. 125; 1973 c. 61, 90, 190, 333; 1975 c. 39; 1977 c. 29, 178, 418; 1979 c. 34, 221; 1981 c. 20, 317, 385; 1983 a. 27, 212; 1985 a. 29; 1987 a. 27; 1989 a. 31, 114, 309, 336, 359; 1991 a. 39, 269, 315; 1993 a. 16, 437; 1995 a. 27 ss. 4046m to 4064, 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27, 113, 286; 1999 a. 9, 17; 2001 a. 16, 109; 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 25; 2009 a. 28.

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