Legislative jab at big-box retailers’ ‘dark store theory’ up for decision

Most towns and cities don’t have the resources to fight appeals that a denied assessment for large national corporation might bring, said Sarah Austin, lead policy analyst on tax and budget at the Maine Center of Economic Policy.

“[The corporations] can out-arm local officials, whether right or wrong,” said Austin.

Austin told Mainebiz that Maine-based chains like Reny’s, Hannaford and L.L. Bean, have not asked for similar assessment reductions.

Click here to read the full story, first published March 11, 2020, in Mainebiz.