You Can Help Stop Unconstitutional Property Tax Foreclosures in Detroit

From 2011 to 2015, the Wayne County treasurer foreclosed upon about 1 in 4 Detroit properties for nonpayment of property taxes. The Great Depression was the last time in American history that we experienced this record numbers of property tax foreclosures.

According to the Michigan Constitution, no property should be assessed at more than 50% of its market value. But, between 2009-2015, the City of Detroit assessed 55% to 85% of its properties in violation of its state constitution. Since property taxes were based on these ridiculous and illegally inflated numbers, it is no surprise that residents weren't able to pay. As a result, over 100,000 working families have lost their homes, and many Detroit neighborhoods have been devastated. African-Americans have been hit hardest of all.

The Coalition to Stop Unconstitutional Property Tax Foreclosures is fighting to win three demands:

  1. Stop unconstitutional property tax assessments.
  2. Compensate Detroit residents who have already lost their homes through illegal tax foreclosures.
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  3. Suspend pending property tax foreclosures until we can confirm that delinquent taxpayers have not been unconstitutionally assessed.

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