# 2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations

Chapter 126. Agricultural producer security.

126.30 Grain warehouse keepers; fund assessments.

**Universal Citation:**WI Stat § 126.30 (2017)

**126.30** ** Grain warehouse keepers; fund assessments.**

(1) General. A contributing grain warehouse keeper shall pay an annual fund assessment for each license year. Except as provided in sub. (5m), the assessment equals $20 or the sum of the following, whichever is greater, unless the department by rule specifies a different assessment:

(a) The grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment. The current ratio assessment for a license year is the amount, expressed as dollars, equal to the grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment rate under sub. (2) multiplied by the number of bushels that the grain warehouse keeper reports under s. 126.26 (2) (e) or (10).

(b) The warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment. The debt to equity ratio assessment for each license year is the amount, expressed as dollars, equal to the grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment rate under sub. (4) multiplied by the number of bushels that the warehouse keeper reports under s. 126.26 (2) (e) or (10).

(2) Current ratio assessment rate. A grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment rate is calculated, at the beginning of the license year, as follows:

(a) If the grain warehouse keeper has filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28 and that financial statement shows a current ratio of at least 1.25 to 1.0, the grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment rate equals the greater of zero or the current ratio assessment factor in sub. (3) (a) multiplied by an amount determined as follows:

1. Subtract one from the current ratio.

2. Divide the amount determined under subd. 1. by 3.

3. Multiply the amount determined under subd. 2. by negative one.

4. Raise the amount determined under subd. 3. to the 3rd power.

5. Subtract 0.75 from the current ratio.

6. Divide 0.65 by the amount determined under subd. 5.

7. Raise the amount determined under subd. 6. to the 5th power.

8. Add the amount determined under subd. 4. to the amount determined under subd. 7.

9. Add 2 to the amount determined under subd. 8.

(b) If the grain warehouse keeper has filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28 and that financial statement shows a current ratio of less than 1.25 to 1.0, but greater than 1.0 to 1.0, the grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment rate equals the current ratio assessment factor in sub. (3) (b) multiplied by the following amount:

1. Subtract one from the current ratio.

2. Divide the amount determined under subd. 1. by 3.

3. Multiply the amount determined under subd. 2. by negative one.

4. Raise the amount determined under subd. 3. to the 3rd power.

5. Subtract 0.75 from the current ratio.

6. Divide 0.65 by the amount determined under subd. 5.

7. Raise the amount determined under subd. 6. to the 5th power.

8. Add the amount determined under subd. 4. to the amount determined under subd. 7.

9. Add 2 to the amount determined under subd. 8.

(c) If the grain warehouse keeper has filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28 and that financial statement shows a current ratio of less than or equal to 1.0 to 1.0, the warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment rate equals the current ratio assessment factor in sub. (3) (b) multiplied by 120.81376.

(d) If the grain warehouse keeper has not filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28, the warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment rate equals the current ratio assessment factor in sub. (3) (b) multiplied by 5.71235.

(3) Current ratio assessment factor.

(a) A grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment factor under sub. (2) (a) is 0.00003 except that, for the grain warehouse keeper's 5th or higher consecutive full license year as a contributing grain warehouse keeper, the grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment factor is zero.

(b) A grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment factor under sub. (2) (b) to (d) is 0.000045 except that, for the grain warehouse keeper's 5th or higher consecutive full license year as a contributing grain warehouse keeper, the grain warehouse keeper's current ratio assessment factor is 0.000036.

(4) Debt to equity ratio assessment rate. A grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment rate is calculated, at the beginning of the license year, as follows:

(a) If the grain warehouse keeper has filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28 and that financial statement shows positive equity and a debt to equity ratio of not more than 4.0 to 1.0, the grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment rate equals the greater of zero or the debt to equity ratio assessment factor in sub. (5) (a) multiplied by the following amount:

1. Subtract 4 from the debt to equity ratio.

2. Divide the amount determined under subd. 1. by 3.

3. Raise the amount determined under subd. 2. to the 3rd power.

4. Subtract 1.7 from the debt to equity ratio.

5. Divide the amount determined under subd. 4. by 1.75.

6. Raise the amount determined under subd. 5. to the 7th power.

7. Add the amount determined under subd. 3. to the amount determined under subd. 6.

8. Add 2 to the amount determined under subd. 7.

(b) If the grain warehouse keeper has filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28 and that financial statement shows a debt to equity ratio of greater than 4.0 to 1.0 but less than 5.0 to 1.0, the grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment rate equals the debt to equity ratio assessment factor in sub. (5) (b) multiplied by the following amount:

1. Subtract 4 from the debt to equity ratio.

2. Divide the amount determined under subd. 1. by 3.

3. Raise the amount determined under subd. 2. to the 3rd power.

4. Subtract 1.7 from the debt to equity ratio.

5. Divide the amount determined under subd. 4. by 1.75.

6. Raise the amount determined under subd. 5. to the 7th power.

7. Add the amount determined under subd. 3. to the amount determined under subd. 6.

8. Add 2 to the amount determined under subd. 7.

(c) If the grain warehouse keeper has filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28 and that financial statement shows negative equity or a debt to equity ratio of at least 5.0 to 1.0, the grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment rate equals the debt to equity ratio assessment factor in sub. (5) (b) multiplied by 86.8244.

(d) If the grain warehouse keeper has not filed an annual financial statement under s. 126.28, the grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment rate equals the debt to equity ratio assessment factor in sub. (5) (b) multiplied by 8.77374.

(5) Debt to equity ratio assessment factor.

(a) A grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment factor under sub. (4) (a) is 0.0000125, except that it is zero for the grain warehouse keeper's 5th or higher consecutive full license year as a contributing grain warehouse keeper.

(b) A grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio assessment factor under sub. (4) (b) to (d) is 0.00001875, except that it is 0.000015 for the grain warehouse keeper's 5th or higher consecutive full license year as a contributing grain warehouse keeper.

(5m) Reduced assessment for certain grain warehouse keepers filing security. If a grain warehouse keeper files security under s. 126.31 (1) (b), the grain warehouse keeper's assessment is the amount determined under sub. (1) reduced by an amount determined as follows:

(a) Divide the amount of security that the grain warehouse keeper is required to file as determined under s. 126.31 (3) (b) by the amount of the grain warehouse keeper's estimated default exposure, as defined in s. 126.31 (1) (b) 1.

(b) Multiply the amount of the assessment determined under sub. (1) by the amount determined under par. (a).

(6) Quarterly installments.

(a) A contributing grain warehouse keeper shall pay the grain warehouse keeper's annual fund assessment in equal quarterly installments that are due as follows:

1. The first installment is due on October 1 of the license year.

2. The 2nd installment is due on January 1 of the license year.

3. The 3rd installment is due on April 1 of the license year.

4. The 4th installment is due on July 1 of the license year.

(b) A contributing grain warehouse keeper may prepay any of the quarterly installments under par. (a).

(c) A contributing grain warehouse keeper who applies for an annual license after the beginning of a license year shall pay the full annual fund assessment required under this section. The grain warehouse keeper shall pay, with the first quarterly installment that becomes due after the day on which the department issues the license, all of the quarterly installments that were due before that day.

(d) A contributing grain warehouse keeper who fails to pay the full amount of any quarterly installment when due shall pay, in addition to that installment, a late payment penalty of $50 or 10 percent of the overdue installment amount, whichever is greater.

(7) Notice of annual assessment and quarterly installments. When the department issues an annual license to a contributing grain warehouse keeper, the department shall notify the grain warehouse keeper of all of the following:

(a) The amount of the grain warehouse keeper's annual fund assessment under this section.

(b) The amount of each required quarterly installment under sub. (6), and the date by which the grain warehouse keeper must pay each installment.

(c) The penalty that applies under sub. (6) (d) if the grain warehouse keeper fails to pay any quarterly installment when due.

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