‘Dark store’ critics win big on Election Day, but prospects for real change unclear

Voters in 23 Wisconsin municipalities overwhelmingly backed nonbinding referendums Tuesday to close the “dark store loophole,” which its detractors say unfairly shifts the property tax burden from large retailers to homeowners. But it remained unclear Friday whether those results or Tony Evers’ election will result in legislative action. > Wisconsin State Journal

Voters favor closing ‘dark stores’ property tax loophole

Voters in 17 Wisconsin counties and six municipalities backed advisory referendums Tuesday on a proposal to close the so-called dark store tax loophole.  Groups representing local governments issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying that voters made clear that they want the loophole closed and calling on state legislators to make that change. > Appleton Post Crescent

Voters to decide whether state should close so-called dark store tax loopholes

Voters across the state will be asked to weigh in next month on whether state law should end a practice that has allowed big-box retailers to lower their property taxes by millions., with 17 counties and six municipalities adding referendums to the Nov. 6 ballot on closing the so-called dark store tax loophole. > Green Bay Press Gazette

Local governments put so-called ‘dark store’ loophole before voters

Twenty-two Wisconsin counties, cities and villages are asking voters this fall to decide whether lawmakers should close the state’s so-called “dark store” loophole. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Evers calls for nearly $1.7 billion hike in state funding for K-12 schools

Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would receive a nearly $1.7 billion increase in state funding over the current budget cycle under state Superintendent Tony Evers’ two-year budget proposal released Sunday. The proposal would shift funding from property tax credits to aid that goes directly to schools. > Chippewa Herald

‘Dark store’ appeals on the rise in Wisconsin as issue hits ballots this fall


A new study suggests challenges to property assessments on big-box stores are on the rise, increasing the likelihood that the fight over so-called dark stores will continue into the next legislative session. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hintz: ‘Dark store’ loophole shifts tax burden to homeowners


Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz in the Oshkosh Northwestern: “Walmart and other retailers used the “dark store” loophole to cut property assessments by more than $700 million in 2017, forcing 60 municipalities to pay refunds to big box stores who successfully argued their properties were overvalued. These cases exist in every corner of the state.”