The purpose of the Municipal Services Payments (MSP) Program is to make an equitable annual payment to WI municipalities from a specific State Appropriation, in recognition of critical services directly provided to State Agency and UW facilities located therein during the prior calendar year. The intent of the statute (Section 70.119) and the effect of the Program Guidelines (linked below) is to aid in the reduction of local real property taxes by making a State contribution toward the cost of certain municipality-provided services financed out of local property tax revenue. The three municipal services covered under this program are police, fire, and solid waste pick-up.
Program administration is conducted by an MSP Program Administrator designated by the Department of Administration. The amount of an annual entitlement, per municipality, is determined largely by formula with adjustments made therein for special conditions or situations which may arise per specific agency-municipality negotiated agreements. No special application or request on the part of a City, Town or Village is required in order to be eligible for consideration of entitlements in the MSP Program formula's calculations, but annual confirmation of services provided is requested. Municipalities qualify for an annual payment if their gross entitlement is determined via the formula at $100 or more.
This program started in 1973 and has been operating ever since. The 2020 MSP Program Payment Schedule was submitted to the WI Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance as required by the November 15 deadline. The total appropriation for the 2020 Program was again at $18,584,200.
If you have questions, please review the Program Guidelines or contact the MSP Program Administrator, Jim Young via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (608) 266-1927 (voicemail only during the COVID-19 pandemic response period).