MADISON — Local governments across the state received quarterly payments this month totaling nearly $146 million for general transportation aid, connecting highway aid and expressway policing aid from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The budget Gov. Tony Evers signed earlier this month provides a 10% funding increase ($66 million over the biennium) for general transportation aids, paid to counties, towns, villages and cities. The increase will be paid to local governments beginning in January 2020.
Racine County and its 17 municipalities received a combined $3.54 million.
The county itself received the biggest payment, $1.358 million, followed by the county’s three largest municipalities: the City of Racine, which received $968,586; Caledonia, which received $343,173; and Mount Pleasant, which received $257,115. The City of Burlington received $139,533, while Sturtevant received $99,911. All other municipalities received payments under $100,000.
The City of Kenosha received of $831,463 while Kenosha County received $1.521 million.
General transportation aid helps defray the costs of constructing, maintaining and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting highway aid reimburses municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of local roads that connect segments of the state highway system.
Quarterly payments for cities, towns and villages are sent the first Monday in January, April, July and October. County payments are made in three installments, with 25% of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January; 50% on the first Monday in July; and 25% on the first Monday in October.
Distribution of GTA funds is based on a six-year costs average or a statutorily set rate per mile.
Funds for county
General Transportation Aids funds Racine County and its municipalities will receive for the quarter are:
Racine County — $1,358,301.90
City of Burlington — $139,533.53
City of Racine — $968,586.19
Village of Wind Point — $8,050.02
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Village of Waterford — $52,119.90
Village of Union Grove — $57,497.86
Village of Sturtevant — $99,911.33
Village of Rochester — $23,568.53
Village of North Bay — $3,238.33
Village of Mount Pleasant — $257,114.79
Village of Elmwood Park — $1,463.26
Village of Caledonia — $343,172.80
Village of Yorkville — $29,785.57
Village of Raymond — $38,283.96
Town of Waterford — $47,772.74
Town of Norway — $37,064.75
Town of Dover — $22,689.52
Town of Burlington — $48,685.63