Local governments are seeing the first installments of the additional local road funding provided by the 2019-2021 budget. Gov. Tony Evers’ office this week announced that local governments received quarterly payments totaling $132,198,446 for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

“We’re taking the first steps in providing municipalities with the additional resources they need to prioritize and complete badly needed improvements to local roadways,” Evers said. For calendar year 2020, local governments will receive an estimated $521 million to offset transportation related projects. This is a 10 percent increase over the last budget.

January payments also includes $2.5 million in Supplemental Transportation Aid to 137 eligible towns, a technical fix to address a town funding formula issue.

“The increase in these payments, combined with the pending $75 million in Multimodal Local Supplement grants, better positions locals,” said Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson. “With 90 percent of our highways under local jurisdiction, it’s imperative that we provide necessary support for these critical roads.”

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.

Once completed, the distribution for calendar year 2020 will total $764,761.08 in general transportation aids (GTA) for the Kewaunee County Highway Department. The annual allotment for each municipality is as follows:

Town of Ahnapee – $126,932.40
Town of Carlton – $136,892.52
Town of Casco – $115,510.75, plus $18,265.79 in supplemental transportation aids
Town of Franklin – $134,211.96
Town of Lincoln – $132,845.40
Town of Luxemburg – $151,477.92
Town of Montpelier – $125,066.52
Town of Pierce – $75,371.04
Town of Red River – $156,182.04
Town of West Kewaunee – $110,586.24
Village of Casco – $21,217.98
Village of Luxemburg – $112,668.64
City of Algoma – $214,653.37, plus $28,271.91 in connecting highway aids
City of Kewaunee – $240,081.67, plus $33,823.01 in connecting highway aids

GTA 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 local roads that connect segments of the state highway system.