State Sen. Shilling hosts town hall to inform people of “Dark Stores’ property tax loophole

La Crosse’s state Senator wants you to know how corporations could be shifting part of their tax burden onto homeowners and small businesses.

Through the ‘Dark Stores’ tax loophole, large businesses argue their inactive locations should not be valued any higher than a vacant building for property tax purposes. State Senator Jennifer Shilling hosted a town hall in Onalaska Monday evening to tell people how those arguments shift the tax burden onto residents and small businesses.

“That s now becoming a problem for local units of government as they are assessing property taxes, and it now becomes a great tax burden shift onto the residential,” said Shilling.

Senator Shilling hopes to introduce legislation to close the ‘Dark Stores’ loophole once the legislature returns after the November elections.