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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city

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

The Freeman 04/04/2017 - Page A04
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
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
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
Posted on: February 23, 2017

Appleton city assessor wants to close “dark store” loophole costing taxpayers money

February 22, 2017 The city of Appleton is trying to close a Wisconsin tax loophole that could be costing average taxpayers money. It’s called the dark store method, and it allows big box stores to lower their property tax assessment. . .

Brittany Schmidt for WBAY
Posted on: February 21, 2017

County Board Asks State Lawmakers to Address Business Tax Loopholes

Washington County officials have expressed their support regarding a measure that has impacted one municipality and has the potential to affect others throughout the nation. Members of the County Board of Supervisors approved an advisory resolution...

by Ralph Chapoco, West Bend Daily News
Posted on: February 15, 2017

'Dark store' cases could cost millions in taxes

February 13, 2017 HOWARD - An aggressive move by some major retail chains is putting homeowners in parts of Brown County and a number of other areas of Wisconsin at risk of a property tax jump in the coming years.

Doug Schneider , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

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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.

By Graham Kilmer for Urban Milwaukee
Posted on: January 27, 2017

‘Dark store’ loophole gains foothold

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The Mining Journal
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
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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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
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
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
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
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Lowe's lawsuits could start chain reaction; loss of state revenue 'unconscionable'

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By John Sharp AL.com
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AL.com
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
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
Posted on: January 27, 2017

West Bend asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes

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By Ralph Chapoco November 2, 2016
Photo by John Ehlke/Daily News

Daily News