Proposed WLIA response to Statewide Parcel Map Initiative Planning Process Framework ready for feedback from members

On May 15th,  the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Division of Intergovernmental Relations published a concept document entitled “Statewide Parcel Map Initiative – Planning Process Framework.”  In short, the document lays out a vision for funding Strategic Initiative grants associated with the Wisconsin Land Information Program. Division Administrator Ed Eberle requested feedback from stakeholders by Friday July 11th.

In response to the DOA request, the WLIA Legislative Committee drafted a response that is now available for comment by WLIA members:

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Overall, the WLIA Board of Directors is supportive of the equal allocation process as outlined in the framework document.  The Board believes the Strategic Initiative Grant Concept outlined in the framework document is the first step needed to infuse reliable and sustainable programmatic funding back into the county land information programs.  We also believe that the proposed budget scenario in the framework document may change over time. Our continued support is contingent upon our ability to provide input on the future direction of Act 20 goals and Strategic Initiative grant funding.  WLIA also believes DOA should establish an advisory committee in order to gather and discuss feedback from WLIP stakeholders.

WLIA members are encouraged to provide feedback directly to President Justin Conner by noon on Tuesday July 8th. You may also use the comments feature below this article to provide your input.

The Board will discuss any comments received, and finalize the letter on or by July 9th so that it can be submitted to DOA by the July 11th deadline.

2 Comments on “Proposed WLIA response to Statewide Parcel Map Initiative Planning Process Framework ready for feedback from members

  1. “The funding must fill the gaps in the state data sets, strategic in nature and to have a land and/or project base calculation associated with the grants”

  2. I agree with Scott that if equal funding is provided to every county there will be certain areas receiving funding that do not necessarily need it, leaving some parts of the state behind in Land Information advancements and technologies. To the higher population counties, $50,000 may be a drop in the bucket and not even needed. Where as large land, low population counties may need more support as they do not have the tax revenues to leverage other grant funding. A needs based funding system is much more practical and will be more beneficial to the state as a whole.