Gov. Walker announces $104M in payments to local governments

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Governor Scott Walker

MADISON (WITI) — Governor Scott Walker has announced that payments totaling more than $104 million for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids have been delivered to Wisconsin local governments.

January payments to 1,923 local units of government from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) include: $100,879,968 in General Transportation Aids; $3,015,874 to municipalities entitled to receive Connecting Highway Aids; and $255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2013, local governments will share an estimated $416.6 million from the state transportation fund to build and maintain local roads and bridges, which also includes Expressway Policing Aids to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department for patrol of Milwaukee expressways.

Quarterly payments for towns, cities 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.

General Transportation Aids help defray the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.

Communities also receive state transportation fund revenues for public transit, elderly and disabled transportation, and airport and harbor development from WisDOT. State and federal funds will also be allocated for specific highway and bridge construction projects.

A list of local payments can be found at the WisDOT web site (www.dot.wi.gov/news/docs/cy13pymtsummary.pdf).