Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

Governor Walker announces $104 million in payments to local governments

Governor Scott Walker today announced that payments totaling $104,151,847 for General Transportation Aids.

By - Oct 10th, 2014 12:08 pm

Governor Scott Walker today announced that payments totaling $104,151,847 for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids have been delivered to Wisconsin local governments.

Payments to the state’s 1,923 local units of government from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) include: $100,879,996 in General Transportation Aids; $3,015,876 to municipalities entitled to receive Connecting Highway Aids; and $255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2014, local governments will share an estimated $416.6 million from the state transportation fund to build and maintain local roads and bridges, which includes Expressway Policing Aids to the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department for patrol of Milwaukee expressways. 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 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January; 50 percent on the first Monday in July; and 25 percent 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. In addition, state and federal funds are allocated for specific highway and bridge construction projects.

A list of local payments can be viewed on the WisDOT website: www.dot.state.wi.us/news/docs/oct2014gta.pdf.

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2 thoughts on “Governor Walker announces $104 million in payments to local governments”

  1. David Ciepluch says:

    Something seems way out of balance in fund distribution. The southeast is the largest contributor to the funds with tax collections with the most extensive and utilized road systems and received only 1/4 of the payments back. Perhaps the southeast is subsidizing the rest of the state?

  2. Kyle says:

    David, I’m not sure what numbers you think are out of balance. This story doesn’t say anything about the distribution of the funds other than the distribution schedule that says 25% goes out in early October. Aside from a small amount specifically allocated for Milwaukee Couty, I don’t see the information in this press release that you’re taking exception to.

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