Walmart picks tax fights with local communities

“Wal-Mart has now filed a lawsuit against the town of Potsdam over their property assessment of $13.71 million. They think it should be half that much.

We are not the only local community to be blessed by such suits. As reported in the Oct. 10, 2007, edition of the New York Times, a recent study revealed that Wal-Mart contested taxes on 35 percent of its stores and 40 percent of its distribution centers. Well, we all hate property taxes, and every red-blooded American has a right to challenge them, so what? The “what” is that this is obviously a ham-fisted corporate policy to cut their bottom line.

Who gets stuck with the bill? Well, yes, dear Wal-Mart shoppers, you do, in the hundreds of billable hours towns have to waste fighting in a David versus Goliath battle against this corporate behemoth.”

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