Wisconsin’s residential taxpayers are paying more than their fair share, while big corporations are paying less. It is called the dark store loophole, and it is something Governor Tony Evers wants to close. This loophole allows big retailers like Walgreens and Macy’s to successfully argue in court that they should pay less in taxes. They claim when their properties are being assessed, that value should be compared to vacant stores. And so far that argument has held up in court. As a result, corporations end up paying less, and residential taxpayers make up the difference by paying more. La Crosse has refunded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to some big corporations doing business in the city. Governor Evers is right to work to close this loophole. The law should be rewritten so that businesses are assessed on the actual value of their property, not some empty store. We all should be paying our fair share to fund our schools, our police and our roads. If successful, Wisconsin residents should see a decrease in their property tax bill. This effort has clear support. Back in November, 23 Wisconsin counties held advisory referendums asking whether the dark store loophole should be closed. Over 78% of voters in those referendums voted to close the loophole. It is time to bring some fairness to Wisconsin’s tax code, and make sure everyone is paying for the services they use.