47 Percent of Detroit Property Owners Pay No Taxes
An estimated 47 percent of Detroit’s property owners pay no taxes, according to recent report from The Detroit News.
“Nearly half of the owners of Detroit’s 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating a punishing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis,” the report notes, citing more than 200,000 pages of tax documents.
“Some $246.5 million in taxes and fees went uncollected, about half of which was due Detroit and the rest to other entities, including Wayne County, Detroit Public Schools and the library,” the report adds.
In fact, according to The News, delinquency in the shattered city is so bad that that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes in 2012.
Yes, one person paid taxes in an area covering 77 blocks.
Many of the people interviewed by The News said that they don’t understand why they should pay into a system that has failed to provide them with basic public services.
“Why pay taxes?” asked Fred Phillips, who owes more than $2,600 on his home. “Why should I send them taxes when they aren’t supplying services? It is sickening. … Every time I see the tax bill come, I think about the times we called and nobody came.”
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