WMC files brief in Plover Dark Store lawsuit
For the City Times
MADISON – The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) has filed a brief in a lawsuit now pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court involving Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, and the village of Plover.
The dispute is based on the “Dark Store” theory which reasons that if there is a vacant store at another location that has gotten a reduction in value, that is what they want as a comparable to the operating store in Plover.
“For years, taxpayer-funded lobbyists have attempted to change state law to allow local governments to assess ‘occupied’ stores at higher values than otherwise identical ‘vacant’ stores. WMC has led a coalition opposing these changes arguing such a change would unlawfully tax business value via the property tax. In its effort, WMC has cited longstanding precedent in Wisconsin that the value of real estate is what matters, not the business occupying it,” a WMC release stated.
If the Supreme Court accepts the appeal, it will be heard sometime in 2021.
See full story in the Portage County Gazette print edition.