Local governments in Michigan have won a major victory in a property tax fight with big box stores.
Millions of dollars in revenue for local governments – or tax savings for big box stores – are at stake.
In this case, now three years old, the retailer Menards wanted a property it had vacated in Escanaba to be taxed as closed and empty. But Menard’s property deed says it cannot be sold for a similar use, making it nearly impossible to redevelop.
The city said that’s not fair, and wants to tax it for its most-valuable use, including retail.