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Major Dark Stores VICTORY for Michigan Communities, Taxpayers

The Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling today that serves as a major victory for Michigan communities and taxpayers. The ruling was that Big Box stores can no longer use the “Dark Stores”. This method has allowed them to escape paying millions of dollars in local property taxes – pushing those tax burdens on other property owners or forcing cuts in government services. View the decision here. View the joint League and Michigan Townships Association press statement about it here.

Michigan Supreme Court Considers 'Dark Store' Case

Escanaba officials who attended a Michigan Supreme Court hearing in Lansing on Oct. 12 are hopeful justices will decide not to hear a "dark store" appeal by Menards to reverse a lower court's ruling which favors the city. Menards claims the store's value should be based on a closed and empty building - or a dark store. The League is among many state organizations that are backing Escanaba. Read more.

Nominations Now Open for the League's Guido and Sinclair Awards

Does your community have an outstanding chief elected official? Would you like to recognize someone who has provided exemplary service to the League? Nominate them for a Guido Leadership & Public Service or Sinclair Exceptional Service Award by Dec. 15. Read more

Sterling Heights City Manager Honored with ICMA Longevity Award

Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights city manager, has been honored with a 30-year service award from the International City/County Management Association. He was appointed city manager in Sterling Heights in 2004 after serving as assistant village manager in Skokie, IL. More

Airbnb Battle Brews in Lansing Over Local Control of Short-Term Rentals

Municipal leaders say they know better than Lansing how to govern their communities in regard to short-term rentals. Bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate would allow short-term rentals in all residential zones and prohibit municipalities from restricting them. More

League CEO to Keynote UM-Flint Placemaking Conference

League CEO Dan Gilmartin will be the keynote speaker at "Aspire to Transform: The Power of People and Place." Community leaders, local business owners, UM-Flint faculty and other influencers will discuss placemaking and its transformational impact, Oct. 24, More

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