Change to Alcohol Laws Prohibits Economic Rebates/Grants for Reserve License Initial Issuance Fees
2015 Wis. Act 286, which creates two new options for communities that have no liquor licenses available under the state imposed quota system, but seek to accommodate a new restaurant or bar wanting to locate in the community, amended Wis. Stat. sec. 125.51(3)(e)(2) to prohibit municipalities from providing economic rebates/grants for reserve initial issuance fees which begin at $10,000. Many municipalities enacted ordinances allowing for an economic rebate or grant of a portion of that money back to the licensee but, effective June 1, 2016, municipalities are precluded from rebating or refunding the $10,000 reserve license initial issuance fee. .