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Upper Peninsula group upset over about big-box tax rulings

Leaders in an Upper Peninsula county are trying to publicize the adverse impacts of tax appeals by big-box stores in the region.

MARQUETTE - Leaders in an Upper Peninsula county are trying to publicize the adverse impacts of tax appeals by big-box stores in the region.

Local governments in Marquette County are issuing refunds and putting aside even more money to deal with decisions from the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Large commercial stores have successfully argued that their properties are uniquely built for their needs and worth much less than the cost of construction. They say they should be assessed as if they were empty.

The library in Marquette has cut hours to save money. Other public agencies are tightening belts.

The Mining Journal reports that a group called Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share has formed. Marquette Mayor Robert Kulisheck says many people are unaware of the issue.

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