‘Dark store’ debate emerges in Kansas

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The name has a conspiratorial feel.

It seems like something you might read on an alt-left or alt-right website, or see in an Oliver Stone movie.

But the so-called “dark store theory” is becoming part of the complex and arcane world of government appraisals that could influence how much you pay in taxes and how your community develops.

The theory — very real to government leaders but denounced as fantasy in development circles — raises the question of whether open and operating big-box retailers should be appraised as though they were vacant, or “dark.”

The difference is big . . .


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