Dark Store in the News

  1. How the “dark stores” loophole helps big-box retailers evade millions in property taxes

    “(S)uggesting is that we use these dark stores as comparables to their ongoing stores, even though the bundle of rights is different,” Winter says. But “to use that as a comparable, without an adjustment, for the value of an ongoing operation, doesn’t .." Sam Bloch, The New Food Economy
  2. Continued Reaction To So-Called Dark Store Loopholes

    A guest (Jerry Deschane) from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities joined us on Nov. 13 to discuss the results to dark store referenda questions and talk about what he hopes is next on this issue. Breann Schossow, Wisconsin Public Radio
  3. Tax 'loophole' critics win big on Election Day, but prospects for real change unclear

    Voters in 23 Wisconsin municipalities overwhelmingly backed nonbinding referendums on Tuesday to close the so-called “dark store loophole,” which its detractors say unfairly shifts the property tax burden from large retailers to homeowners. Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal
  4. Local and state leaders: Voters make 'dark store' directive clear

    “It is an important issue to the village...,” Steinbrink said. “It affects small businesses & residential taxpayers. It is actually an easy fix. Without action, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep taxes low and services good.” JILL TATGE-ROZELL, Kenosha News
  5. Rock, Walworth counties OK dark store advisory referendums

    Voters in Rock and Walworth counties overwhelmingly passed advisory referendums calling for an end to the dark store legal theory. The referendums passed with more than 70 percent support in both counties. Jim Dayton, Gazette Extra
  6. Wisconsin election: Voters favor closing 'dark stores' property tax loophole

    "(B)ut it certainly, I think, speaks volumes. ... That's pretty significant when you've got 50,000 voters telling their elected officials that we want this loophole closed," said Outagamie County Board Chairman Jeff Nooyen... Alison Dirr, Appleton Post-Crescent
  7. City approves nearly $130,000 combined payout to settle Lowe's 'dark store' lawsuit

    "More than $129,000 in local taxpayer money will go to Lowe's after city leaders settled a lawsuit with the national home improvement chain." John Sadler, Oshkosh Northwestern
  8. Officials urge support of Dark Store referendums

    "Antaramian said if the loophole is not closed it will amount to a $350 increase on an average city home. This comes as residential taxpayers’ share of the state’s overall property tax pie has increased to 67 percent..." JILL TATGE-ROZELL - Kenosha News

    The report showed of the 11 municipalities studied, value losses could range from 4 to 14% - resulting in a $187 million shift to other taxpayers. In Beloit, multiple businesses have disputed their property tax assessments, including the Staples...." AUSTIN MONTGOMERY, Beloit Daily News
  10. “Everyday the state Legislature does not act to close these loopholes, taxes are increasing for all

    “Everyday the state Legislature does not act to close these loopholes, taxes are increasing for all homeowners, small businesses and other property owners in Kenosha and the rest of the state,” Kenosha Ald. Dan Prozanski JILL TATGE-ROZELL - Kenosha News
  11. Kenosha county officials tackle ‘dark store loophole’ issue, put referendum on November ballot

    Stoner is the Village of Somers president and said the issue of the "dark store loophole" needs to be dealt with quickly. "Just for the year 2017 for Sam's Club, we have to give back $13,795 and to Walmart, we have to give back $25,305 and that's just... Jonathon Gregg, Fox 6
  12. EDITORIAL: It’s time to pay attention to the dark store loophole

    Manawa is a quaint city in Waupaca County with roughly 1,300 people who found out the hard way the damage the dark store loophole can do in communities. Last year, TreeHouse Foods successfully argued in mitigation that the value of a food processing... Ben Rodgers, Editor, The Press
  13. VIDEO: Local officials push to close dark store loopholes

    The group implored candidates for governor to be a leader on closing the tax law loophole. WBAY2
  14. Many voters to see referendums on so-called 'dark store loophole'

    "The less in taxes that commercial properties have to pay the more everyone else has to pay and that's primarily homeowners and businesses," explained Witynski. Amber Luckett, Fox 11 News
  15. Five things to know about the 'dark store' referendum on midterm ballots

    "The one thing that gets lost in talking about the details is the reason local governments are concerned," said Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. "They're concerned about the fairness of the property-tax system." Natalie Wickman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  16. ‘It’s not right:’ Elected officials urge candidates for governor to close tax loopholes

    "Our residents should not be having to incur this cost for an unfair tax shift," said Kathy Ehley, mayor of Wauwatosa. The leaders drafted a letter seeking relief from the so-called "dark store"/ "Walgreens loopholes".... Beverly Taylor, Fox 6 News
  17. Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

    The effect of these loopholes is that property tax revenues from these large companies and corporations go down, and the tax burden paying for essential services like police and fire is shifted to homeowners and small business owners. Graham Kilmer, Urban Milwaukee
  18. Burlington to consider joining dark store tax battle

    Whenever big box retailers such as Walmart use the dark store loophole to avoid paying higher taxes, residents and small businesses pay the price, which has caused most state municipalities to urge lawmakers to stop the practice. Jason Arndt, Editor, My Racine County
  19. Panel wants property assessment loopholes closed

    Homeowners in Wisconsin already pay 70% of property taxes statewide. And Douglas County want to make sure that share doesn't grow. But a loophole in Wisconsin law is helping big box and chain stores use tax avoidance strategies that shift the burden.... Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
  20. La Crosse area officials: Dark store loophole unfair to homeowners

    What’s known as the dark store loophole unfairly shifts the tax burden from big box stores to homeowners and small businesses La Crosse’s elected officials said Monday during a town hall event with the area’s state representatives. Jourdan Vian, La Crosse Tribune
  21. Walmart sues city over tax funds

    MONROE — A well-known corporation has filed a lawsuit against the city to recover funds it claims the city took illegitimately through property taxes. Bridget Cooke, Monroe Times
  22. Groups make pitch for and against 'dark stores'

    For example, McHugh said the Walgreens store at 6125 Durand Ave. sold for roughly $6.3 million but, “When they appealed their assessment, they asked that it be lowered to $1.75 million. Ricardo Torres, Racine Journal Times
  23. Municipalities, businesses butting heads over “dark stores”

    The battle over so-called “dark stores” is creeping into more Wisconsin communities like Sturgeon Bay. According to the Wis Policy Forum, 79 Wisconsin communities had appeals of their property taxes filed against them in 2017.... Tim Kowols, Door County Daily News
  24. Are “Dark Store” Property Tax Challenges on the Rise?

    “Dark store” appeals are made by businesses – often retailers – seeking to lower their property tax assessments and overall tax bill. Our survey suggests they may be rising in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Policy Forum, Focus Newsletter #18
  25. 'Dark store' appeals on the rise in Wisconsin

    Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League, said he hoped the latest round of appeals by large retailers would get lawmakers' attention. "This thing is a snowball and the more it's allowed to run downhill, the bigger it's going to get," he said. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  26. Shifting the Tax Burden

    Shifting the tax burden: If plaintiffs win lawsuits over property tax assessments, taxpayers could see $561K on their tab Taxpayers could be on the hook for $561,183 if plaintiffs in 11 civil lawsuits challenging property tax assessments filed . . . . Christena T. O’Brien, Leader-Telegram
  27. City, Walmart settle value dispute--for now

    A dispute between Walmart and Monona officials over the value of the business’ property has been settled, with a few elected officials saying it’s the best the city could hope for in the short term. Kevin Passon for The Herald-Independent
  28. Dark Store Reform Important to All of Us

    The city of Oshkosh is taking a stand to address a disturbing trend in property valuation. This trend is shifting the bur-den of property taxes from big-box retail stores to homes and small businesses. The term you may be familiar with is “dark store.” Oshkosh Mayor Seven Cummings, Oshkosh Herald
  29. Lasse: Dark store Theory is a con

    I am a developer in the city of Janesville and have worked on numerous projects over the last 25 years including the Kmart/Festival redevelopment, Oasis/Menards redevelopment, Castle Metals, Upper Lakes Foods, IPM Foods and ANGI Energy Systems . . . . Tom Lasse, GazetteXtra
  30. West Allis voters loudly demand Legislators close the so-called dark store loophole

    Local voters in Tuesday's primary election stood solidly behind West Allis officials in wanting the state legislature to close the so-called dark store loophole that has resulted in big-box stores getting drastic reductions in their property tax . . . . Jane Ford-Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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