Letter to the Editor | Vote “YES” on County Dark Store Advisory Referendum | By Chris Bossert

 
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Oct. 24, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – What is the dark store loophole?  The dark store loophole is an unfair tax loophole that allows national retailers to reduce their property taxes, which shifts their tax obligation onto home-owners and small business owners.
What is the Referendum?  The referendum asks our State Legislators to change the law and eliminate the dark store loophole.
Who supports ending the dark store loophole? 
·         Senator Duey Stroebel
·         Assemblyman Rick Gundrum
·         Assemblyman Robert Brooks
·         Assemblyman Dan Knodl
·         Assemblyman Jesse Kraemer
·         Late Assemblyman Bob Ganon
·         A bi-partisan majority of state legislators
·         23 Members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, including myself (Supervisor Christopher Bossert).
·         Wisconsin Counties Association
·         Wisconsin League of Municipalities
·         Wisconsin Towns Association
Who opposes ending the dark store loophole?
·         Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
How does voting yes help?  It shows our community support for asking national retailer to pay their fair share of property taxes, and will hopefully encourage Speaker Robin Vos to allow legislation to end the dark store loophole to be voted on.
Is the dark store loophole a problem in West Bend?  Yes, several national retailers are using the dark store loophole to pursue reductions to their property taxes in West Bend.  If they succeed, your tax bill will increase.
Christopher D. Bossert

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