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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book
(1956)

The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [221]-[252] PDF (11.1 MB)


Page 245


                    WISCONSIN CONSTITUTION                          245
TEXTS OF ARTICLE IV, SECTION 26, AND ARTICLE XI, SECTION 3a,
                      AS AMENDED APRIL 1956
  Article IV. Section 26. Extra compensation; salary change. The legis-
lature shall never grant any extra compensation to any public! officer,
agent, servant or contractor, after the services shall have been rendered
or the contract entered into; nor shall the compensation of any public
officer be increased or diminished during his term of office. This
section shall not apply to increased benefits for teachers under a
teachers' retirement system when such increased benefits are provided
by a legislative act passed on a call of yeas and nays by a three-
fourths vote of all the members elected to both houses of the legislature.
  Article XI, Section 3a. Acquisition of lands by state and subdivisions;
sale of excess. The state or any of its counties, cities, towns or villages
may acquire by gift, dedication, purchase, or condemnation lands for
establishing, laying out, widening, enlarging, extending, and maintain-
ing memorial grounds, streets, highways, squares, parkways, boulevards,
parks, playgrounds, sites for public buildings, and reservations in and
about and along and leading to any or all of the same; and after the
establishment, layout, and completion of such improvements, may convey
any such real estate thus acquired and not necessary for such improve-
ments, with reservations concerning the future use and occupation of
such real estate, so as to protect such public works and improvements,
and their environs, and to preserve the view, appearance, light, air, and
usefulness of such public works. If the governing body of a county, city,
town or village elects to accept a gift or dedication of land made on
condition that the land be devoted to a special purpose and the condition
subsequently becomes impossible or impracticable, such governing body
may by resolution or ordinance enacted by a two-thirds vote of its
members elect either to grant the land back to the donor or, dedicator
or his heirs or accept from the donor or dedicator or his heirs a grant
relieving the county, city, town or village of the condition; however,
if the donor or dedicator or his heirs are unknown or cannot be found,
such resolution or ordinance may provide for the commencement of
proceedings in the manner and in the courts as the legislature shall
designate for the purpose of relieving the county, city, town or village
from the condition of the gift or dedication.


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