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The Michigan Municipal League's Chris Hackbarth testifies at Dark Stores hearing on Dec. 9, 2015


"Extreme Disappointment" and "Disgust" from City Commission in Response to Active Tribunal Cases - The Sault News, Oct. 7, 2020

Municipalities Hope for Legislation on Dark-Store Loophole - MiBiz, Aug. 18, 2019

Dark Stores - dbusiness magazine, July-August 2019

State Legislature Must Fix 'Dark Store' Problem - The Daily News, July 9, 2019

How Big-Box Stores Bilk Local Governments - Slate, Feb. 7, 2019

Municipalities Push 'Dark Store' Bills Seeking Property Tax Clarity - MiBiz, Feb. 3, 2019

As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt - The New York Times, Jan. 6, 2019

'Dark Store' Appeals on the Rise in Wisconsin as Issue Hits Ballots This Fall - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 28, 2018

Taxes, Big-Box Stores And The 'Dark Store Theory' - NPR Michigan Radio, Nov. 23, 2017

WATCH Oral Argument Before Michigan Supreme Court - Menard, Inc v City of Escanaba, Oct. 13, 2017

LISTEN to a WJR radio show interview on this Dark Stores topic between the League’s Chris Hackbarth and WJR’s Frank Beckman. Be sure to listen to the subsequent interview between Beckman and State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica. (Scroll down the page and look under Nov. 5). 

Dark Stores, Property Tax and the Changing Face of the Retail Industry, Park Three - Bloomberg, April 13, 2017

How Big-Box Retailers Weaponize Old Stores - Bloomberg Businessweek, Dec. 8, 2016

West Bend [Wisconsin] asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes: City could lose revenue due to 'dark store' assessments - G M Today, Nov. 2, 2016

Michigan local leaders say property tax appeals are common, disagree with "dark stores" assessing - University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Oct. 2016

Michigan lawmaker's bill aims to end big-box property tax reductions - AMI Newswire, Sept. 14, 2016

Big -Box Stores Battle Local Governments Over Property Taxes - Governing, Sept. 2016

Traverse City Officials Worry Costco Might Seek Dark Store Tax Assessment Interlochen Public Radio, April 29, 2016

Bill Would Correct Dark Store ProblemIron Mountain Daily News, April 22, 2016

“Dark stores use legal loophole at cost of taxpayers”WNEM TV 5, Nov. 20, 2015

Residents voice concern and get questions answered on dark store issue -, Oct. 28, 2015

Bills Target Property Tax Cuts Big Box StoresDetroit Free Press, Oct. 3, 2015

Kivela and Casperson introduce bills to deal with dark store, Sept. 24, 2015

Unfair Comparisons? Meijer, other big-box retailers use ‘dark store’ loophole to cut their Michigan property tax, Aug. 16, 2015

Lawmakers to big box stores: Pay your fair share of taxes!Bridge Magazine, Aug. 11, 2015

Challenging local taxesWestend Monthly Magazine, Dec. 3, 2015

Michigan Legislators Talk Big-Box Store TaxesGreater Lansing Business Monthly, December 2015

‘Dark store’ bills introduced in House, SenateMichigan Townships Association, Aug. 28, 2015

Big box stores ringing up property tax discountsDetroit Free Press, April 11, 2015

Indiana handles ‘dark store’ issue; Michigan communities still waitingIron Mountain Daily News, July 13, 2015

Dark store disaster: Loophole throttles budgets, programsThe Mining Journal, February 23, 2015


Retailers like Lowe's use 'dark store' loophole to cut Texas tax bills - San Antonio Express-News, Oct. 7, 2016

Big Box Chain Brings "Dark Store" Tax Dodge to San Antonio - San Antonio Current, Oct. 4, 2016

Should Lowe's 'dark store' strategy in Texas concern D-FW taxpayers? - Dallas News, Sept. 12, 2016


Lowe's lawsuits could start chain reaction; loss of state revenue 'unconscionable' -, Sept. 22, 2016


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