Last year, a Menard’s home improvement store won a property tax appeal that required the City of Escanaba to refund the company $121,000. That’s about the cost of what the Upper Peninsula community of 12,000 on Little Bay de Noc budgeted for major street repairs next year.
Meanwhile, in Marquette Township, Lowe’s also won a $755,000 tax refund for its store. As a result, Marquette’s Peter White public library, the largest in the U.P., could no longer afford to open its doors on Sundays.
Across Michigan, communities – mostly small cities, townships, counties and schools – are losing costly legal battles with large retail stores. The companies behind the stores are successfully arguing to…This post was originally published on this site