Don’t Let Detroit’s Revival Rest on an Injustice – By BERNADETTE ATUAHENE – NYT

“Between 2011 and 2015, one in four properties in Detroit was foreclosed on because the owners owed property tax. The city has one of the highest property tax foreclosure rates since the Great Depression. More troubling, this is a result of illegal property tax assessments and inflated property tax bills that many Detroit homeowners canot pay.”

“Michigan’s Constitution, legislation and case law clearly state that properties cannot be assessed at more than 50 percent of their market value. But the findings of a study I recently wrote with a colleague, Timothy Hodge, show that between 2009 and 2015, the city assessed as many as 85 percent of Detroit homes at rates that violated Michigan law. We also found that Detroit subjected lower-valued homes to unconstitutional assessments more frequently than higher-valued homes.”


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