Posted on: September 14, 2017

Lawmakers want to close ‘dark-store’ tax loophole

Local government officials are backing two GOP bills they say would protect them from undergoing costly legal challenges spurred by big-box stores looking to lower their property taxes. But others countered the two bills target one type of business. . .

WisPolitics.com Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Baraboo joins tax fight against retailers

Baraboo is joining communities statewide in asking the state Legislature to close a tax loophole exploited by big-box retailers. On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution asking for legislation to eliminate the “dark stores”

Ben Bromley Baraboo News Republic Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Guest column: ‘Dark store’ loophole must be closed

There’s an issue citizens of the city of Monona and residents across the state of Wisconsin should be aware of, called the “dark store” loophole. Big box stores like Menards, Target and Walmart, to name a few, are successfully arguing in court that . . .

Andrew Kitslaar The Herald-Independent Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: August 4, 2017

County Settles with Target

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Riley County recently negotiated the property value of Target at $1 million lower than the initial
appraisal after the commercial retailer challenged the county through the state Board of Tax Appeals.

The Mercury - Manhattan, Kansas Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Tax Breaks for Big-Box Stores Can Drain Money From Schools

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Paying attention to how much nearby corporate retailers
pay in property taxes may not be a priority for most school
district leaders, but some policymakers think that could
change soon.

Education Week - by Francisco Vara-Orta 8-2-17 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Reilly supports bills against 'dark store' tax assessments

Says trend saves for big-box stores, increases tax burden on homeowners

Hannah Weikel Freeman Staf July 20, 2017f Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: July 21, 2017

States Forced to Address ‘Dark Store’ Valuation Theory

A growing list of states will revise their property tax codes to help municipalities cope with revenue losses attributable to big box retailers’ widespread use of the “dark store” theory of valuation to cut their assessments, according to . . .

Michael J. Bologna for Bloomberg BNA June 29, 2017 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: July 3, 2017

Wisconsin State Lawmakers Fight Back Against Dark Store Loophole

Madison - Republican lawmaker Robert Brooks introduced two assembly bills with the help of Duey Stroebel of Saukville and Roger Roth of Appleton, these bills aim to stop the dark store loophole, today the Assembly Committee of Ways and Means . . . .

Steven Dent We Are Green Bay June 29, 2017 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: June 28, 2017

How Big Box Stores Shift Their Property Taxes Onto Homeowners

Something called the “Dark Store Loophole” lets companies like Wal-Mart shift their property taxes to homeowners and small merchants.

This obscure [property tax dodge, which has been going on for more than two decades, has pitted Big Box retailers . . .

Al Norman HUFFPOST June 27, 2017 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: June 22, 2017

City to state: Hurry up on 'dark store' legislation

The City of Sheboygan is throwing its support behind Wisconsin lawmakers’ efforts to pass “dark store” legislation that could affect how much state businesses pay in local property taxes.

McLean Bennett USA Today Network WI Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Bills to Stop Big Retailers from Reducing their Property Tax Wins Wide Support

The Village of Pleasant Prairie, along with scores of other Wisconsin municipalities, have expressed their vehement support for two bills to be introduced Monday in the State Legislature to fight attempts by big box retailers to reduce their property tax.

By Long Hwa-shu for theYOUJournal Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Wisconsin Expected to Tackle Dark Store Controvery

Wisconsin lawmakers will be asked to remedy two gaps in the property tax code that could shift much of the local tax burden from big box retailers such as Lowes Cos. Inc., Home Depot Inc. and . . .

April 6, 2017 Bloomberg BNA Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Unveil Bills Targeting Big Box Stores

Big box stores in Wisconsin are being targeted in a pair of Republican-backed bills unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. The bills unveiled Wednesday set up a fight pitting retail giants like Target, Menards and Walgreens against Wisconsin . . .

By Shamane Mills and The Associated Press Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed. The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city

Waukesha_WI

WAUKESHA — Some bigbox stores in the city are furthering the monetary burden on taxpayers.

The Freeman 04/04/2017 - Page A04 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Let there be light

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OZAUKEE COUNTY — The state Legislature is expected to come forward soon to close a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to slash their tax bills.

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to . . . .

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Retailers' tax dodge shifts burden to homeowners

Recently I went to Madison as part of a delegation of Stevens Point elected officials for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ lobby day. At the top of the agenda: a tax dodge that major retailers are using to avoid paying their fair share . . . .

David Shorr, for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Boxed In

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A highly informative documentary film explaining the complex, yet devastating “Dark Store” tax loophole issue facing Wisconsin communities. This is a hot topic the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has been fighting for more than a ye...

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See the video on YouTube Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

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By Rick Romell January 14, 2017Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Cities brood over 'dark store' tax lawsuits

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By Nate Beck December 26, 2016
Photo by Joe Sienkiewicz/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

USA Network-Wisconsin Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

How Big-Box Retailers Weaponize Old Stores

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Shannon Pettypiece December 8, 2016
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BloombergBusinessweek Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Brookfield sends message to combat big retail loopholes

By Geoff Bruce December 7, 2016
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Brookfield Elm Grove Now Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Dark store theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

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By Brittany Shannon Fox 6 News December 4, 2016
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Fox 6 News Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

West Bend asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes

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By Ralph Chapoco November 2, 2016
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Daily News Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Big-Box Stores Battle Local Governments Over Property Taxes

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BY Liz Farmer | SEPTEMBER 2016
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Governing Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Should Lowe's 'dark store' strategy in Texas concern D-FW taxpayers?

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Maria Halkas September 12, 2016
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Dallas News Dark Store Loop Hole

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

The League and WCA's Joint Testimony on AB 277/SB 218

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The League of Wisconsin Municipalities (LWM) and the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) have vigorously opposed prior efforts to repeal Wisconsin’s personal property tax. The opposition to prior efforts was due to lack of a plan to reimburse local. . .

May 24, 2017 Curt Witynski and Kyle Christianson League Legislative Communications
Posted on: May 31, 2017

League Testimony on AB 348

Wisconsin State Capitol Justice Mural, Kenyan Cox

May 30, 2017 CURT WITYNSKI: I'm testifying this afternoon for information purposes only on AB 348. The bill contains changes to state law that we like, but also contains limitations on municipal authority about which we have concerns.

To Assembly Committee on Jobs & the Economy League Legislative Communications
Posted on: April 17, 2017

SB 94

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Making a technical change to the process by which a mayor is to inform council members that a special meeting has been called.

Additional Info... League Legislative Communications
Posted on: March 9, 2017

SB 48

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Allowing Financial Assistance Programs for Replacement of Lead Service Laterals

Additional Info... League Legislative Communications
Posted on: March 9, 2017

AB 70

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Allowing Municipalities to Publish Meeting Minutes on the Municipality’s Web Site in lieu of the Official Newspaper

Additional Info... League Legislative Communications
Posted on: March 9, 2017

AB 27

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Multiple Jurisdiction Health Departments Clean-Up Bill

Additional Info... League Legislative Communications

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Parliamentary Procedure for Local Officials

It is a pretty good guess that most Wisconsin city councils, village boards and their sub-units utilize Robert's Rules of Order as the rules of procedure for their respective body even though no state law requires they be utilized. . . .

Daniel Olson the Municipality June 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: May 22, 2017

Recent Decision in Case Challenging Sex Offender Residency Regulations Yields Important Lessons

Many municipalities have enacted ordinances regulating the residency of sex offenders. Such ordinances typically prohibit sex offenders, or a certain class of sex offenders, from living within a certain distance of prohibited locations.

Claire Silverman, League-L E-Newsletter 4/28/17 Legal Articles
Posted on: May 22, 2017

Municipal Authority Over Real Property Inspections and Registrations Recently Limited

Many municipalities have property registration and inspection ordinances to ehlp ensure that they have important information regarding buildings within the municipality . . .

Claire Silverman, the Municipality April 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 8, 2017

Title II of the ADA: Ensuring Services and Programs are Accessible to Those with Disabilities

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination and is meant to ensure equal opportunity
for persons with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities. . . .

by Claire Silverman March 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 8, 2017

Wisconsin Park Boards: Roles, Responsibilities & Rulemaking

The spotlight and attention in Wisconsin city and village government is most often focused on city councils, village boards, planning commissions, community development authorities, and similar governmental bodies with the legal authority . . . .

by Daniel Olson March 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 7, 2017

When must body provide notice under open meeting law that its members are attending other meetings?

League attorneys have received many questions about correspondence sent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office of Open Government to Winnebago County relating to whether it is necessary to provide notice under the open meetings. . . .

by Claire Silverman February 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 7, 2017

Dealing with Common Winter Issues

In a 1984 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, former Justice Louis Ceci penned, “Snow is ubiquitous in the state of Wisconsin during the winter months…”1 Although snow does not seem to be quite as “ubiquitous” in Wisconsin during the winter months . . . .

by Claire Silverman January 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: March 7, 2017

Social Host Ordinances Should be Reviewed

In recent years, many municipalities have enacted social host ordinances aimed at preventing adults from hosting underage drinking parties at private homes. Certain provisions in those ordinances are likely unenforceable. . .

by Claire Silverman January 2017 Legal Articles
Posted on: December 19, 2016

Cats, Rats, Courts and the Constitution

A federal court decision might be notable simply because it begins with, “Rats. This case is about rats. Giant, inflatable rats . . . Cats too – inflatable fat cats, wearing business suits and pinkie rings, strangling workers.”

Daniel Olson December 2016 Legal Articles
Posted on: December 19, 2016

Municipal Authority to Regulate Drones

In the past year, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, has proliferated with affordable models making the popular technology increasingly accessible to both commercial and recreational users.

by Claire Silverman November 2016 Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Alcohol Law Changes Allow Municipalities to License Wine/Beer Walks

Wisconsin statutes regulating alcohol, and more specifically temporary beer and
wine licenses, were recently modified to include chambers of commerce among
the organizations eligible for Temporary Class B beer and wine licenses. . . .

January 2016 Claire Silverman Legal Articles
Posted on: November 15, 2016

FLSA Overtime Changes Take Effect December 1, 2016

. . . the United States Department of Labor has promulgated new regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to certain “exempt” employees.

Full reprint Legal Articles
Posted on: November 15, 2016

Constitutional Home Rule Authority Diminished

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held that the City of Milwaukee’s longstanding charter ordinance1 requiring city employees to reside in the city is unenforceable following the legislature’s enactment of Wis. Stat. § 66.0502 . . .

Full reprint Legal Articles
Posted on: November 15, 2016

DPPA Exemption Authorizes Release of Unredacted Uniform Traffic Accident Reports

For several years now, law enforcement record custodians have been navigating difficult, uncharted terrain when responding to requests under Wisconsin’s public records law for law enforcement records

Full reprint Legal Articles
Posted on: November 15, 2016

Significant Changes to FLSA Overtime Laws Effective December 1, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced its Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements . . .

Full reprint Legal Articles
Posted on: November 21, 2016

Municipal Home Rule In Wisconsin

Common council and village board members may find
it helpful to have a general understanding of municipal authority. The general rule is that municipalities are creatures of the state and have only the powers given them. . . .

June 2016 Claire Silverman Legal Articles
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Beware the Liability Boogeyman

When it comes to opposing governmental decision-making,
“boogeyman” threats are not just the stuff of bedtime stories.

May 2016 Matt Dregne and Kyle Engelke Legal Articles
Posted on: November 22, 2016

The 2015-16 Legislative Session Turned Out Well for Municipalities

Thanks to increased lobbying efforts by municipal officials, the 2015-2016 legislative session was one of the best for municipalities in years. Dozens of items helpful to cities and villages . . . .

May 2016 Curt Witynski Legal Articles
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Wisconsin's Recreational Immunity Statute: How Much Protection Does it Offer?

Many Wisconsin municipalities own property used to provide residents and visitors with opportunities for recreation. These include municipal parks, playgrounds, pools, beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, skating rinks, hills used for sledding . . . .

Additional Info... Legal Articles
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Election Law Changes Impacting You and Your Municipality

This article summarizes recent developments related to election administration and campaign finance laws which will be in effect for the first time in 2016.

February 2016 Michael Haas Legal Articles
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Changes to FLSA Overtime Laws Now Predicted for Late 2016

Last July, the United States Department of Labor (DOL or Department) proposed
updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing
the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to executive,
administrative, and . . . .

February 2016 Claire Silverman Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Sign Regulation and Reed v. town of Gilbert

One of the most perplexing local government policy areas is sign regulation.
The difficulties arise from sometimes incomprehensible free speech decisions
by courts and the uncertain impacts on regulation programs that seek to control
signs . . . .

November 2015 Daniel M. Olson Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

On Rehearing, Court Concludes Anti-Panhandling Ordinance is Content Based

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently agreed to
rehear a case challenging the constitutionality of a city’s anti-panhandling
ordinance in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert, 135
S.Ct. 2887 (2015) . . . .

November 2015 Claire Silverman Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Disciplinary Process - Police and Fire Commission

Police officers and firefighters manage difficult and often dangerous situations. Fortunately, most protective services employees are dedicated public servants,
and smaller communities may see years go by without need for formal disciplinary
action...

October 2015 Paul Schwarzenbart Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Rental Property Inspection and Registration Program's Notice Requirement Preempted

La Crosse landlords challenged a city ordinance requiring landlords to
participate in an inspection and registration program, asserting that the
ordinance was preempted by Wis. Stat. sec. 66.0104. The circuit court rejected
the landlords’ arguments.

October 2015 Claire Silverman Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

Court Upholds Bus Rule Prohibiting Weapons

Wisconsin Carry, Inc., a self-described “gun rights organization,” sought a declaratory judgment that a rule prohibiting persons from traveling in city buses with weapons. . . .

October 2015 Claire Silverman Legal Articles
Posted on: November 23, 2016

What Was in the State Budget Affecting Municipalities?

On July 12, Governor Walker signed the 2015-2017 state budget bill into law as Act 55. Municipalities came out fairly well considering the state’s fiscal condition and the political dynamics in the state capitol.

September 2015 Curt Witynski Legal Articles

Posted on: September 25, 2017

NW Passage's Elliott to receive arts award

Northwest Passage and its Director Mark Elliot will be honored as a recipient of the “Arts In The Community Award” Oct. 19 in Appleton. Elliott has led Northwest Passage since 2000. The residential facility on Old Hwy. 35 between Siren and Webster . . .

Sept 22 Burnett County Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: September 21, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker vetoes quarry regulation restriction, says policy deserves full debate

Gov. Scott Walker has vetoed a last-minute provision in the state budget that would have stripped local governments of the right to regulate quarries.
Walker is scheduled to sign the $76 billion two-year spending package Thursday . . . .

Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: August 29, 2017

Baraboo joins tax fight against retailers

Baraboo is joining communities statewide in asking the state Legislature to close a tax loophole exploited by big-box retailers. On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution asking for legislation to eliminate the “dark stores”

Ben Bromley Baraboo News Republic LWM in the News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Municipalities, Roads Feeling Effects of Budget Squeeze

Sturgeon Bay’s streets have deteriorated so badly that the city has convened a special committee to investigate funding solutions to improve them, but streets will get worse before they get better.

Myles Dannhausen, Jr. Door County Pulse LWM in the News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Local Governments Could Have Less Discretion When Issuing Some Permits

Local governments would have less discretion to deny permits for things like frac sand mines under legislation being marketed as a "homeowner bill of rights."

Rich Kremer Wisconsin Public Radio LWM in the News
Posted on: July 31, 2017

Bartender License Application Revised

The city is implementing a new application process that officials say provides ways to make more accurate final decisions to approve or deny a bartender's license.

Beloit Daily News, July 27, 2017 ... LWM in the News
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Arts award nominees sought

Arts Wisconsin is seeking nominations for the 2017 Arts in the Community Awards presented in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. The awards honor communities and civic leaders around the state for championing the arts . . .

The Country Today July 24, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Wisconsin GOP moves to relax property regulations

Two Republican legislators introduced bills Thursday that would make it easier for people to sell and develop their land and for sand mine companies to win local permits. Local government groups blasted the bill as an attack . . .

Todd Richmond Associated Press LWM in the News
Posted on: July 18, 2017

Will Court Ruling Help Rich Homeowners?

Homes make up 72 percent of all real property in Wisconsin. Homeowners will pay more than two-thirds of the $9.6 billion in net property taxes that state and local governments will collect this year. The state Constitution requires a “uniform” tax system.

Steven Walters for Urban Milwaukee July 17, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Sun Prairie's Astrella featured on League TV show

The June guest on the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' “The Local Perspective” is President of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer for the village of Summit and Sun Prairie resident Chris Astrella.

Chris Mertes, The Star LWM in the News
Posted on: July 6, 2017

Ephraim Trustees Embattled Over Sidewalks, Pedestrian Safety

Tensions are rising between Ephraim village trustees as the deadline for the village to submit changes to the upcoming highway resurface plan looms. Trustees clashed over the cost, moral responsibility and legal liability of constructing sidewalks . . .

Jackson Parr Peninsula Plus June 30, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: June 30, 2017

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for Open Meetings Advocates

The Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with open meetings advocates Thursday in a case involving the Appleton Area School District. . .

Laurel White Wisconsin Public Radio June 29, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: June 28, 2017

How Big Box Stores Shift Their Property Taxes Onto Homeowners

Something called the “Dark Store Loophole” lets companies like Wal-Mart shift their property taxes to homeowners and small merchants.
This obscure [property tax dodge, which has been going on for more than two decades, has pitted Big Box retailers . . .

Al Norman HUFFPOST June 27, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 16, 2017

Alderman Johnson Represents Milwaukee at Local Government Day

Cavalier Johnson, Alderman of the 2nd District, joined local government officials and staff from across the state for the First Annual Local Government and Utility Day on May 10 in Madison. City and village officials, as well as municipal . . .

Milwaukee Independent May 15, 2017 LWM in the News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Unveil Bills Targeting Big Box Stores

Big box stores in Wisconsin are being targeted in a pair of Republican-backed bills unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. The bills unveiled Wednesday set up a fight pitting retail giants like Target, Menards and Walgreens against Wisconsin . . .

By Shamane Mills and The Associated Press LWM in the News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed. The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network LWM in the News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Wisconsin business lobby fights funding plan to remove lead from drinking water

April 19, 2017 Wisconsin’s business lobby spoke out publicly Tuesday against a bipartisan legislative proposal to replace thousands of underground pipes that leach toxic lead into drinking water.

Steven Verburg Wisconsin State Journal LWM in the News
Posted on: April 17, 2017

Groups soliciting nominations

April 14, 2017 The Wisconsin Economic Development Association along with award partners--the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are soliciting nominations . . . .

Jennifer McBride La Crosse Tribune LWM in the News
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Transportation Shakeup Leaves Local Governments Wondering What's Next

April 10, 2017 The decision by state lawmakers to set aside Gov. Scott Walker's transportation budget has left county, city and town government leaders wondering what's next, especially since they would have been among the biggest winners . . . .

Shawn Johnson for WPR News LWM in the News
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Health Alliance Brings Together Statewide Partners

Across Wisconsin, opportunities to live a long, healthy life are not shared equally by all. Many of Wisconsin’s health outcomes lag behind national averages, and the state is home to some of the most extreme health disparities in the nation.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health LWM in the News
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers

Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a proposal two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating. The bill would address what Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard call the "social host" loophole . . . .

CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press LWM in the News
Posted on: March 30, 2017

WHEDA and League of Wisconsin Municipalities launch new partnership

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities (the League) are joining together in a new partnership designed to help municipalities learn more about and gain access to WHEDA financing tools.

WHEDA LWM in the News
Posted on: March 24, 2017

States Challenge Retailers on Dark Store Loophole for Tax Assessments

When it comes to negotiating fair property values, commercial real estate professionals and state officials have generally managed the process by knowing when to compromise and when to push back forcefully. . . .

Donna Mitchell for National Real Estate Investor LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

February 13, 2017 - With a resolution recently adopted by the Milwaukee Common Council, the city joins municipalities across the state, and nation, in a fight against a legal loophole allowing large corporations to massively reduce their property taxes.

Graham Kilmer--Urban Milwaukee LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

WNA testifies against Assembly Bill 70

MADISON — Representatives from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association on Wednesday testified before the state Assembly Committee on Local Government to oppose a bill that would do-away with the newspaper publication of local government meeting minutes.

March 9, 2017 - Burnett County Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

January 24, 2017 - To Menard Inc., the store it opened in the Village of Howard in 2012 is worth $5.8 million — roughly the amount the Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer believes it would fetch if it were closed and sold off as an empty shell. . .

Rick Romell for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Dark Store Theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

Local municipalities are losing millions each year, and thousands of dollars are being spent on legal fees. It's an issue that's been steadily creeping into Wisconsin -- big box stores appealing their assessed values to pay lower property taxes.

Brittany Shannon, Fox 6 News LWM in the News
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Retailers file successful legal challenges to tax assessment

Some big-box retailers in Wisconsin have successfully challenged their tax assessments by claiming they should pay the same rate as a store that's closed and remains vacant.

The Star (Sun Prairie) LWM in the News
Posted on: November 28, 2016

Climate Corner: Wisconsin’s Most Innovative Counties and Municipalities Join Together

November 22, 2016 A diverse group of Wisconsin cities, villages and counties have joined with the Department of Natural Resources and several nonprofit organizations to help each other advance sustainability goals.

Curt Witynski for Door County Pulse LWM in the News

Posted on: May 9, 2017

State's Business Lobby Blocking Efforts to Remove Lead from Water

The business lobbying group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) agrees that lead is dangerous to human health, particularly children's, and that lead water pipes serving family homes in municipalities across the state should be replaced. WMC . . .

Curt Witynski Editorial in the Cap Times LWM Opinion Editorials

Posted on: May 9, 2017

Celebrate Creative Economy Week Throughout Wisconsin, May 13-20

Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are partnering to celebrate the second annual Creative Economy Week, May 13-20, a week-long celebration of the power, impact and benefits of the arts, creativity and culture in Wisconsin . . .

View the complete press release Press Releases

Posted on: March 23, 2017

Best practices program for Madison landlords on its way to City Council

Madison used to have a number of ordinances guiding landlord behavior, but over the past six years, the state Legislature nullified many of them. Now, a landlord “best practices” program aiming to reinforce the policies in those ordinances . . .

Lisa Speckhard for The Capital Times 3/22/2017 Rental Inspection News

Posted on: July 21, 2017

States Forced to Address ‘Dark Store’ Valuation Theory

A growing list of states will revise their property tax codes to help municipalities cope with revenue losses attributable to big box retailers’ widespread use of the “dark store” theory of valuation to cut their assessments, according to . . .

Michael J. Bologna for Bloomberg BNA June 29, 2017 Walgreens Decision
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed.

The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network Walgreens Decision
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal Walgreens Decision
Posted on: April 21, 2017

Walgreens loses tax lawsuit that could have cost Kentucky schools millions

The Kentucky Supreme Court declined this month to hear an appeal brought by Walgreens Co., presumably ending a longstanding legal battle between the pharmacy chain and Fayette County officials that threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars . . .

Valarie Honeycutt Spears Lexington Herald Leader Walgreens Decision
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city

Waukesha_WI

WAUKESHA — Some bigbox stores in the city are furthering the monetary burden on taxpayers.

The Freeman 04/04/2017 - Page A04 Walgreens Decision
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Let there be light

275px-WI_Ozaukee

OZAUKEE COUNTY — The state Legislature is expected to come forward soon to close a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to slash their tax bills.

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff Walgreens Decision
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to. . .

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Posted on: March 20, 2017

Retailers' tax dodge shifts burden to homeowners

Recently I went to Madison as part of a delegation of Stevens Point elected officials for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ lobby day. At the top of the agenda: a tax dodge that major retailers are using to avoid paying their fair share . . . .

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Another Milwaukee area Walgreens store building sold

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Cudahay Walgreens building sells for twice its assessed value.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Retailers accused of bullying cities into lowering property tax assessments

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Community and business leaders often tout how new commercial developments will increase the local tax base. But two recent court rulings are eating into that idea — and other property owners may feel the tax bite.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Walgreens and CVS Declare War on Property Taxes

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Walgreens boasts convenient locations, a wide array of products, and a killer tax strategy.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Can Walgreen Stance on Property Tax Hurt Income Tax Position of 1031 Investors?

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Is Walgreen Co. v City of Oshkosh a case that could have broad reaching tax implications?

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