Local governments are also concerned with the “dark store” issue because of a number of recent Michigan Tax Tribunal challenges resulting in large reimbursements from local taxing units around the state.
The Chamber’s Government Relations Committee in November spoke with state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and others supporting state legislation to address the “dark store” issue, and last week spoke with representatives of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Realtors Association who have concerns about the legislative proposals. The committee will consider developing a position statement for the Traverse City Area Chamber as the debate continues in the 2016 legislative year.
“This is a complex issue with many factors to consider going forward,” Government Relations Director Kent Wood said. “While this is not yet a major issue in Northwest Michigan, the potential is certainly there and the Chamber wants to ensure a resolution that is fair to the business sector and to our local governments that rely on property tax revenue for their services.”