Council denies Walgreen claim of excessive property taxes

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

Feb. 18, 2015

The Common Council denied a claim from Walgreen Co. on Monday night that claimed their two properties in West Bend were excessively assessed. According to the claim for excessive assessment by Walgreen Co.’s attorney Reinhart Attorneys at Law, the company is entitled to a refund of $158,166.

It states in 2013 the city imposed a tax of $140,589 on the Washington Street property and $118,667 on the Main Street property. The claim states the correct amount of property tax on both properties should be no higher than $50,544.

During the Finance Committee meeting Monday night, City Assessor Jeff Yoder said his office recommended the Common Council deny the claim for both parcels at 1720 W. Washington St. and 1921 S. Main St.

“Walgreen Co. did appear at the Board of Review for these two properties, but they were denied a hearing because they did not provide any documents requested by the Board of Review,” Yoder said.

District 8 Alderman Roger Kist made a motion to deny the claim, it passed unanimously.

According to a Daily News article in May, Walgreen Co. has fought against what it claims are excessive property tax assessments in other states as well.

The company has 8,699 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.