Companies sue Lake Delton over property taxes

Lawsuits against the village of Lake Delton allege two properties, including the Great Wolf Lodge and Walmart, were overvalued in 2017.

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Attorneys for Walmart and the Great Wolf Lodge are suing the village of Lake Delton, alleging the two properties were overvalued in tax assessments.

Lawsuits filed in Sauk County Circuit Court on behalf of the two companies last month seek 2017 tax refunds.

The lawsuit involving the resort property — which was valued at $37.5 million — seeks a judgment of $104,973, the amount the company alleges it was overcharged, plus interest.

Documents show that for 2017, the company that owns the Great Wolf Lodge paid a total of $562,355 in taxes to local governments, including the village, Sauk County, the Wisconsin Dells School District and Madison Area Technical College.

Walmart alleges its Lake Delton store has an estimated fair market value of no more than $7.5 million, but was valued at $9.5 million by the village’s assessor.

The Arkansas-based retailer’s total tax bill for 2017 was $142,442, and the lawsuit seeks an unspecified refund.

Lake Delton Clerk-Treasurer Kay Mackesey could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Neither could a representative of Associate Appraisal, the Appleton firm that handles the village’s assessments.

In an answer to the Walmart complaint, an attorney for the village denied the fair market value of the property is $7.5 million.

The village’s response also says Walmart’s lawsuit was not in compliance with state law, and that the big box store failed to exhaust its “administrative remedies” before taking the matter to court.

The village wants a judge to dismiss the complaint and for Walmart to pay its attorney fees.

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