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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: 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 Walgreens Decision
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 Walgreens Decision