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City taxpayers will lose nearly $23,000 this year when the city refunds Walgreens for a portion of its taxes in the latest case of a "dark store" tax loophole in Wisconsin that left Wausau taxpayers on the hook for over $120,000 in the past five years.
Portland, Maine: The bill, expected to appear before the Legislature’s Taxation Committee, would require that retail sales facilities more than 20,000 square feet be valued based on current use, or, if vacant, according to their highest and best use...
Village of Somers President George Stoner said it’s just one excuse after another.
“They say it would be bad for business,” Stoner said. “It’s not bad for business. Businesses need to pay their fair share.”
On average, 78.65% voters answered “yes” to ballot questions asking if the loophole should be closed. The rejection vote was far bigger in individual places. In Dane County, 91.79% of voters called for ending the loophole, as did... 87.88% in Glendale.
“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
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...
Liability 438, January 2021 by Kail Decker, City Attorney and Patrick Mitchell, Chief of Police, City of West Allis
Traffic Regulation 432, December 2020 by Attorneys E. Joseph Kershek and Kimberly Kershek
Nuisances 161, December 2020 by Attorney Nathan Bayer, Crivello Carlson s.c.
Sanitation 30, December 2020 by Curt Witynski, Deputy Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Powers of Municipalities 940, November 2020 by Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Employees 367, November 2020 by Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Powers of Municipalities 939, September 2020 by Curt Witynski, J.D., Deputy Executive Director, Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, Maria Davis, Assistant Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Police 314, August 2020 by Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Licensing and Regulation 403
Public Utilities 356
Powers of Municipalities 937
Governing Bodies 410
Licensing & Regulation 402
Licensing & Regulation 401
Municipal Corporations 60
Public Utilities 355
Governing Bodies 409
Employees 272R3, Licensing & Regulation 400, Miscellaneous 21
Fidelity Bonds 33 R-2
Courts 369, Liability 435
Courts 369 Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to adopt interpretation of governmental immunity statute that would reverse longstanding precedent and expand municipal liability under sec. 893.80(4) explaining that to do so would create problems for governmen...
Licensing/Regulation 399, Ordinances/Resolutions 511: Legal comment discussing the constitutionality of panhandling ordinances in the wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2218 (2015) and Norton v. City of Springfield, 806 F.3d 411 (7th Cir. 2015).
Liability 434, Nuisances 160: Concerts constituting a nuisance are considered separate events for purposes of the 120-day notice timeline in Wisconsin Statute § 893.80(1d). Yacht Club at Sister Bay Condo Assn., Inc. v. Village of Sister Bay, 2019 WI 4.
Municipal Corporations 59: Provides overview of Wis. Stat. sec. 62.05 which classifies cities as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class cities based on population as well as procedure for altering classification and some differences between the different classes.
Licensing & Regulation 398
Public Records 151
In the confounding system of property taxes, lower tax rates don’t always translate to lower bills.
If we paid taxes only to our city or town government — or some unified body — ...
The coalition stated wastewater treatment facilities are not “producers” or “users” of PFAS chemicals.... The release stated POTWs are “receivers” of these chemicals used by manufacturers and consumers, and merely convey or manage the traces of PFAS....
...all of the state legislators representing the City of Whitewater, Governor Tony Evers and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
In summary, the council approved resolutions in support for shared revenue funding increases, increases in levy limit flexi...
"That's the beauty of local control," Witynski [Deputy Executive Director, the League] said. "Communities can design their forms of government and how they elect people and what they think is best for their community."
The event, organized by Arts Wisconsin, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Wisconsin Federation of Museums, will be celebrating the contributions museums make to our state.
According to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, attorneys for big box stores use the dark store loophole to argue that the value of a new store in a busy commercial district should be based on the value of former retail properties in unpopular areas ...
The Fox Lake City Council decided the city has enough liquor stores when it rejected an application from the new Dollar General store to sell booze beyond the beer it has already been approved for.
A new policy in the updated personnel manual approved by Clintonville City Council at its March meeting puts the focus on growing families.
Former Madison Councilwoman Concerned About Participation In Government Created Wisconsin Civics Games
“Brown, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties do not require jurisdictional transfers,” said Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, which lobbies on behalf of the state’s cities and villages.
Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said after the Court of Appeals ruling that the group warned about just such consequences when the Legislature first considered the ag classification about 12 years ago.