MARQUETTE — Dark Stores have been a hot–button issue these days, and Thursday, community members got a chance to voice their opinions.

Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share hosted a community forum to discuss the issue tonight. The group describes themselves as a grass roots effort to educate the public on the recent tax tribunal rulings.

“I think this is a really good opportunity to have a community discussion about the tribunal rulings and what we can do to try to explain how devastating these rulings are,” said Committee Member Diana Menhennick

“I am a mom and my children are older, but I had the privelege of taking them to the Peter White Public Library. With funding being decreased at the library, takes away from things that I could do with my children besides watch TV,” said Ami Klein, who attended the forum.

“This is an extremely important issue. The issue of dark stores is a tremendous challenge to local units of government and will have a direct impact on the lives of people throughout the community, so we really have to decide how to respond to this challenge,” added Bob Kulisheck, who moderated the forum.

Nine speakers joined in on the discussion Thursday night. If you’d like to learn more about Marquette County Citizens for Fair Share, follow this link.