Walgreen renews court fight with city
Company says each property should be assessed at $2.4 million

By DAVE RANK - Daily News

July 9, 2014

WEST BEND - An attorney representing Walgreen Co. said West Bend’s rejection of its appeal over the city’s assessments for the company’s two stores in the city will not stop Walgreen from continuing its fight to lower them.

For the second straight year, Walgreen appealed its property tax assessment, claiming its stores are being assessed higher than they should be.

“We look at it as continuing our disagreement over (property) values,” attorney Don Millis, with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC, Waukesha, said Tuesday afternoon.

Monday, the city’s Board of Review voted to deny Walgreen’s request for a hearing on its property tax assessments because the Deerfield, Illinois-based corporation failed to respond to the board’s May 15 subpoena for more information on the corporation’s properties at 1720 W. Washington St. and 1921 S. Main St.

“We’re already in litigation with the city,” Millis said. “Next, we’ll file a claim with the city. I believe that can take place in January. Then we’ll amend our litigation to include this.”

The city assessed the two stores based on their purchase prices of $6.75 million for the West Washington Street site and $5.7 million for the South Main Street property, according to West Bend Assessor Shannon Krause. Both stores opened in 2010.

Walgreen said each property should be assessed at $2.4 million.

A year ago, Walgreen also appealed the city’s assessments, which the Board of Appeal rejected.

Walgreen took that case to circuit court.