HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A growing trend among big box stores is costing Michigan schools and local governments thousands of dollars in tax revenue. As a region, Ottawa County has lost nearly $750,000 over the past few years, because local stores have appealed their property tax rates and then received major discounts.
WZZM 13 spoke to county leaders who are calling on state lawmakers to make changes.
At shopping centers along US-31 in Holland Township, it's usually the customers looking for a bargain -- but some of the stores are getting the biggest discounts.
"Well over 50 percent, it's a large reduction," said Ottawa County equalization director Michael Galligan. He's describing the recent property tax savings for some big box stores.
"We're talking about stores like Meijer, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes," said Galligan.