EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Impacts of Big Box Stores
Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Project - Spring, 2017
Authors: Sitou Akibode and Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University
Recent successful big box tax appeals in Michigan have led to halving their tax base. This drastic reduction in the tax base, and consequently tax revenue to local governments, has led to budget shortages in local governments. This study helps not only to understand and assess the impact of the big box tax abatement on local communities, and governments, but also explores new forms of collaboration between communities and big box stores, including community benefits agreements (CBAs).