Dark Store in the Legislature

Bipartisan Dark Store Bill Introduced

Senate Bill 130/Assembly Bill 146 close both the dark store and Walgreens property tax loopholes. Fifty-five legislators, nearly equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, signed on to the bill. See the full list of authors and cosponsors here

The Consensus is Strong, Clear & Bipartisan: CLOSE the Dark Store loopholes (PDF) League statement on the introduction of SB130/AB146, April 2, 2019

League Dark Store Communications

Dark Store and Walgreens in Other States (PDF) April 30, 2019
Passing the dark store/Walgreens bill, SB 130/AB 146, would make Wisconsin assessment law consistent with other states, including several Republican dominated low tax states.

Another Dark Store Attempt Fails (PDF) April 23, 2019
"Once again, the traveling troupe of Dark Store tax attorneys and appraisers-for-hire has failed to persuade a local judge. On April 4, 2019, Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur dismissed a national chain store’s attempt to have its property tax bill cut in half. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC claimed that the Village of Plover was charging them property taxes based on twice the actual value of their property. Judge Flugaur wouldn’t bite."
Read the full decision and order.  (PDF)

Dark Store “road show” fails in Waukesha County (PDF) April 9, 2019
"You have been told by opponents of the Dark Store legislation that this is not truly a statewide problem; and any problem that exists is due to a few “rogue assessors.” A recent decision in Waukesha County Circuit Court exposes the fallacy of these arguments."
Read the full decision and order. (PDF)