Almost Half of Detroit Property Owners Don’t Pay Property Taxes

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Almost half of Detroit’s 305,000 property owners failed to pay their property tax bills last year; Detroit residents refusing to pay taxes is-increasing the cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records. The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of the city’s taxable parcels are delinquent on their 2011 tax bills. Some $246.5 million in taxes and fees went uncollected in 2011. This problem is so bad in Detroit that in 77 city blocks only one owner paid property taxes last year. Many of those who don’t pay, question why they should in a city that struggles to light its streets or keep police on the streets to protect the citizens. Fun fact this disaster called Detroit has been run by Democrat mayors since 1964.

Article Org: Detroit News.com

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