Overland Park officials worry city could lose millions in annual tax revenue with Walmart ‘dark store’ win

City officials say Overland Park's current financial outlook is "stable," but if the Kansas Supreme Court upholds a certain appraisal method for Walmart properties, then tax revenues from big box retailers could decline by millions of dollars per year in coming years. File image.

If the Kansas Supreme Court rules against Johnson County in its appeal of a lower court’s ruling on how to appraise Walmart stores’ properties, it likely won’t be a budget killer right away for Overland Park, said City Manager Bill Ebel.

But he cautions that future structural changes that upset the balance of property tax, sales tax and user fees collections could be “concerning” in the long run.