On March 23, 2018 a pair of Town residents filed a notice of intent to circulate a petition to incorporate the Town of Greenville. The petition began circulating on April 3, 2018. Once circulation is complete, the petition is intended to be filed with the Outagamie County Circuit Court in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes. The Town of Greenville has developed the following page dedicated toward informing the public of the Town's incorporation efforts. Updates to the incorporation process will be posted here as they become available.
What is incorporation?
Municipal incorporation is the process of creating new villages and cities from town territory. It is regulated under Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 66 General Municipality Law (s. 66.0201).
What is the process for an incorporation?
The incorporation process involves the following six elements:
- Petition signed by area residents (In-Progress)
- Circuit court review
- Incorporation Review Board review
- Potential involvement of neighboring municipalities who may support or oppose the proposed incorporation;
- Referendum vote by residents
- Incorporation certificate from the Department of Administration, if the above steps in the process are met
The Wisconsin Department of Administration provides the following Incorporation Flow Chart as a reference for the timing and elements of the incorporation process.
More specifically, the incorporation process begins with a pair of citizens' intention to circulate a petition for incorporation. The intent to circulate a petition must be published as a class 1 notice. A petition is then drawn up and circulated for signatures. The petition must designate a representative of the petitioners and an alternate. After enough signatures are gathered, the petition must be filed with the circuit court along with proof of publication. The circuit court then conducts a hearing on the petition. The court determines whether certain statutory standards are met, and whether any parties are entitled to intervene in the incorporation proceedings. If the court determines the map, legal description, population, and area standards are met, the petition is referred to the Department of Administration for analysis of the proposed incorporation. The Department may hold a public hearing on the petition if one is requested by any party of interest. The Department of Administration analysis is a critical part of the incorporation process. The Department is required to determine whether the proposed incorporation meets certain standards. These standards include:
- Characteristics of the Territory
- Territory Beyond the Core
- Tax Revenue.
- Level of Services
- Impact on the Remainder of the Town
- Impact on the Metropolitan Community
If the Department of Administration approves the Incorporation petition, there would be a referendum to determine whether the Incorporation is approved by the voters within the area of the proposed incorporation.
Where can I find more information about incorporation?
Here are some helpful links which will provide additional information on incorporation:
- Wisconsin Department of Administration Incorporation Review Board– This page contains several links of general information related to incorporation process and past and present incorporation petitions throughout the state.
- Incorporation Process Flow Chart
- Presentation on Incorporation to Town Board on March 26, 2018.
- Map of proposed area of incorporation
Why incorporate the Town of Greenville?
- Preserve the Town of Greenville’s Identity and Character;
- Make Local Planning & Zoning Decisions and Improve Our Ability to Attract and Retain Businesses;
- Preserve Greenville’s Borders and Protect the Future of Our Community;
- Attract and Retain Businesses to the Region and Promote Infrastructure Improvement;
- Have the Ability to Be More Fiscally Sound and Finance Projects More Efficiently and Effectively;
- Ability to Receive a Better Bond Rating;
- Villages and Cities Have More Access to State and Federal Aids, Grants and Shared Revenues than Towns.
What are the pros & cons of incorporation?
- Protection of Borders
- Preservation of Tax Base
- Zoning Authority including Shoreland Zoning
- Extra Territorial Authority
- Land Division Autonomy
- Complete Village Powers
- Bonding Authority
- Tax Increment Financing (TIF) without special restrictions
- Potential for Improved Bond Ratings
- Opportunity for More Grant Funds
- Elimination of the Town Meeting. (e.g. approval of tax levy, land purchases/sales, Town facility construction, etc.; see Wis Stats. 60.10 )
- Authority to fund private enterprise without Town Elector Approval
Questions, comments or concerns can be directed to Town Administrator Joel Gregozeski. Joel can be reached at (920) 757-5151 or by email at: email@example.com