Woodman’s files suit for tax refund under ‘dark store’
Woodman’s Food Market filed a lawsuit against the city of Waukesha
Monday for a refund of “excessive real estate taxes” imposed on the
store in 2017.
using the dark store theory, which allows big box stores to operate
under the same property tax assessment of an empty or “dark” store.
They are claiming that the city assessor’s office valued the
property at $16.6 million in 2017 when it should have been assessed
at $15 million.
big-box retailers in Waukesha — and across the state — have claimed
this and won a settlement for most of what they are asking for as a