Based on the audit for 2012, the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission had total operating revenues of $2,123,818. Of this amount, $697,910 (32.9%) was derived from a direct tax levy to its seven member counties. The levy is based on the assessed equalized valuation of each county. An additional $1,185,625 (55.8%) was received from various state and federal entities as cost-shared grants for specific program work. The remaining revenues were derived throughout the calendar year in the form of local contracts, small local grants, or miscellaneous revenues.
State and federal funded programs include the transportation planning from FHWA, FTA and WisDOT; the economic development program from EDA; and, the sewer service area program from WDNR. Portions of the local levy are committed as matching funds and are allocated among each work element on the basis of: 1) the relative benefits to be derived by each funding agency’s program; 2) the grant program’s eligibility requirements, and; 3) federal and state cost sharing formulas. Levy revenues are determined by the Commission on an annual basis and for 2012, in response to continued county-level budget constraints, the levy was decreased by 5.53% from 2011 levels. Over the long term, when compared to staffing and budget needs of the Commission, an ever-widening gap continues to form within its budget. This gap is typically filled with local contract work.