HIGHWAY AIDS IN WISCONSIN AND TOWN ANALYSIS FOR SELECTED COUNTIES

WHILE HIGHWAY AID PAYMENTS TO LOCAL UNITS HAVE BECOME MORE CENTRALIZED IN THE STATE GOVERNMENT, CONTROL OVER THE EXPENDITURE OF THESE AIDS REMAINS TO A LARGE EXTENT IN LOCAL HANDS. FOR TOWN UNITS OF GOVERNMENT IN WISCONSIN, THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE, ALTHOUGH IT MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO BE CONCLUSIVE, TO INDICATE THAT EFFECT OF HIGHWAY AID PAYMENTS ON FINANCIAL PRACTICES OF LOCAL TOWN GOVERNMENTS IS TO REDUCE HIGHWAY REVENUES COMING FROM OTHER SOURCES AND NOT TO EFFECT HIGHWAY DISBURSEMENTS. IN WISCONSIN AT PRESENT THERE ARE NEITHER RECORDS AVAILABLE TO THE HIGHWAY COMMISSION THAT WILL ENABLE IT TO TRACE AIDS TO THEIR FINAL DISBURSEMENT NOR RECORDS AVAILABLE THAT WILL SHOW THE IMMEDIATE SOURCE OF THE FUNDS DISBURSED FOR HIGHWAY PURPOSES. THIS CONFUSION IS DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE FACT THAT HIGHWAY AIDS ARE PAID DIRECTLY INTO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE LOCAL UNIT AND MAY BE SPENT FOR GENERAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. IF THE HIGHWAY COMMISSION IS TO DEVELOP A NEW METHOD OF HIGHWAY AID DISTRIBUTION, AND PROPERLY DEFEND IT, IT MUST BE GIVEN AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE REPORTS FROM THE LESSER UNITS THAT WILL ENABLE THE COMMISION TO TRACE THE EFFECT OF THE PRESENT METHOD OF PAYING HIGHWAY AIDS, BOTH UPON THE HIGHWAY PLANT ITSELF AS WELL AS UPON THE TOTAL FINANCIAL OPERATIONS OF THE RECEIVING UNIT. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 20, pp 121- 140, 17 FIG
  • Authors:
    • L'hommedieu, B R
  • Publication Date: 1941

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board Held at Washington, D.C. December 3-6, 1940
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201026
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 6 1971 12:00AM