Dark Store in the News

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 10 new lawsuits protest Eau Claire tax bills

    Ten additional civil lawsuits — seeking more than $458,000 in property tax refunds — have been filed against the city of Eau Claire. Six of those have been filed by KT Real Estate Holdings . . . concerning six Kwik Trip locations; two by Menard Inc. . . Christena T. O'Brien, Leader-Telegram 8-1-18
  5. Marshfield may join Dark Store fight

    The city of Marshfield may join the Dark Store tax loophole campaign, as Wisconsin municipalities band together against some “big box” retailers. The loophole involves active retail stores being taxed as if they were . . . . Chris Leonhardt, Hub City Times
  6. Janesville Residents Could See Higher Tax Bill due to Dark Store Law Suites

    The property tax bill of an average Janesville home could increase by more than $26 if pending property assessment appeals against the city are successful. Janesville is involved in 11 pending appeals from local businesses. They are seeking a . . . . Janesville Gazette Xtra
  7. Dark Store Loophole: Walmart and Menards Take Action Against City to Lower Assessed Value

    City Communicates OnFocus – The Finance, Budget and Personnel Committee approved making a $2,500 donation to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to help in their fight against the Dark Store Loophole currently used in Wisconsin. “Wal-Mart and . . . . Focus on Marshfield
  8. Roundy's sues Shorewood over 'excessive' Metro Market assessment

    Roundy's has filed a lawsuit against the village, claiming the assessed value of the Metro Market is "excessive." The village has assessed the two-story grocery store at $25.3 million, but the complaint filed by Roundy's claims the grocery store . . . . Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 8-8-18
  9. City Manager Mark Freitag, Janesville, Dark Store Op-Ed

    In an editorial published August 5, 2018, the Janesville Gazette criticized the City for advocating for the state to put an end to the “dark store” property assessment loophole which shifts the property tax burden from large corporations . . . . Mark Freitag, Janesville Gazette
  10. City may aid dark store lobbying efforts

    Monona city officials appear to have temporarily settled a pair of lawsuits by Walmart challenging its property assessment, but that doesn’t mean the city is giving up on the broader issue. Alders on Monday will consider a resolution to donate. . . . Kevin Passon for The Herald-Independent
  11. Sturgeon Bay Wal-Mart gets reassessed in dark store case

    The city of Sturgeon Bay and Wal-Mart will head to mediation this fall to discuss the store’s current property assessment. Last September, the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust filed a suit against the city in Door County Circuit Court . . . Tim Kowols, Door County News, July 20, 2018
  12. Pleasant Prairie approves agreement for hotel development

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Village Board here has unanimously approved a developer’s agreement for a future corporate campus with a hotel and other services in the LakeView Corporate Park. Terry Flores, Kenosha News in The Journal Times
  13. With bills blocked, get familiar with 'dark store' referendum

    Gov. Scott Walker is ready to sign bipartisan legislation to close the “dark stores” loophole that allows big retailers to curtail their tax assessments. He made that clear during his visit to Kenosha for the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade. Kenosha News, July 9, 2018
  14. Growing Concern Over Dark Store Loophole

    The “dark store” controversy now ranks with the failure to pay for long-term highway construction as the most difficult issues facing the governor and legislators seeking reelection in November. Stevens Walters, Urban Milwaukee
  15. Democratic legislators committed to closing ‘dark store loophole’

    State Rep. Jimmy Anderson and other Democratic legislators are assuring Dane County Board members and other local officials of their commitment to legislation that would close the “dark store loophole” used by big box retailers to lower their tax. . . The Herald Independent April 4, 2018
  16. Outagamie county sets referendum on dark store tax loopholes

    APPLETON - Voters in Outagamie County will get an opportunity to add their voice to the debate over Wisconsin's so-called dark store tax loopholes. The County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to hold an advisory referendum on the issue . . . Duke Behnke, USA Today Network-Wisconsin
  17. Council denies excessive tax claims

    During open session, the Menomonie City Council passed a resolution asking state legislators to approve current legislation that would close property law loopholes used by some national chain stores to substantially reduce the property taxes they pay. Barbara Lyon The Dunn County News
  18. Compromise on how to tax large retailers falls apart in wee hours of Assembly finale

    A last-ditch bid in the state Assembly to address efforts by large retailers to lower their property-tax assessments, which critics say shifts tax costs to homeowners, has collapsed, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said early Friday. Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal
  19. WalMart Wants Tax Refund Due to "Dark Store Theory"

    Wal-mart is contesting the property assessment of its Minocqua store, contending the property is worth much less and thus it’s due a refund of thousands of dollars it paid in property taxes. Dean S. Acheson
  20. City takes on 'dark store' tax strategy

    The City Council may take action Monday on a resolution that would ask the state Legislature to act on ending “dark store” strategies in the city and state. As defined by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, “dark store theory” is . . . . Ben Rueter Leader-Telegram
  21. Close the Dark Stores Tax Loophole

    Would GOP legislators rather raise property taxes for others than lose political donations? Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) declared that legislation to reign in . . . . State Sen. Janis Ringhand, Urban Milwaukee
  22. Columbus wants Dark Store loophole closed

    The city of Columbus joined leaders across Wisconsin in designating Dec. 11 as “Dark Store Day” to draw attention to legislation designed to close the dark store loophole. As big box retail chains and single tenant commercial properties use these. . . Columbus Journal December 11, 2019
  23. Wisconsin 'dark store' cases threaten to hike your property taxes

    Appleton Post-Crescent Large chain-store retailers are trying to cut their property assessments by more than $700 million across Wisconsin — potentially forcing other taxpayers to pay more to fund local public services, a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin... Madeleine Behr, Doug Schneider and Haley BeMiller
  24. Mayor Fights for Fairness

    Superior Mayor Jim Paine joined local leaders across Wisconsin to designate Dec. 11 as Dark Store Day. The goal was to call attention to legislation designed to close the "dark store loophole," property tax avoidance tactics that aren't available to. . . Shelly Nelson, Superior Telegram
  25. Local leaders discuss big box tax implications

    Provisions in a newly proposed bill could halt the "Dark Store Strategy" in which commercial property owners argue for the same lower tax assessment given to other stores in town that are vacant. At the heart of the issue: Should a big box store . . . . Fox 11 News
  26. A Recent Court Ruling Shines New Light on the Dark Store Appraisal Theory

    On Friday morning, October 20, at the Hotel Phillips in downtown Kansas City, word spread among those attending IAAO’s Fall Leadership Days that the Michigan Supreme Court had reached a much-anticipated decision on a big-box/dark store case. Magazine Association of Assessing Officers
  27. Dark Store Day Shines Light on Corporate Loophole

    Local municipal leaders supported by the Wisconsin League of Municipalities urged people to contact their state representatives on Monday, Dec. 11, Dark Store Day. Dark Store Day was formed from a growing concern . . . . Ben Rogers, The Press
  28. City leaders gather in Ashwaubenon for "Dark Store Day"

    It's a tax avoidance strategy by commercial retailers such as Menards, Walgreens, and CVS Who ask to pay property taxes equal to stores that are vacant or boarded up, when in reality, their stores are booming with business. Jordan Lamers, Wearegreenbay.com
  29. In Ashwaubenon, cities and villages demand legislature close dark-stores loophole

    Local leaders from Oshkosh to Howard gathered in Brown County on Monday to demand state lawmakers change a law that they say shifts property tax burdens from chain retailers to homeowners and small businesses. . . . Doug Schneider USA TODAY NETWORK Green Bay Gazette
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