Coalition for Property Tax Justice

Detroit, MI

Between 2009-2015, the City of Detroit assessed the property value of 53 to 84 percent of homes in violation of the Michigan Constitution, which prohibits localities from assessing any property at more than 50 percent of its market value. Despite the City of Detroit’s 2017 attempt to correct this pervasive illegality, the inflated property taxes continue even today, especially for the lowest valued homes. When Detroit homeowners cannot afford to pay their illegally inflated property taxes, the County takes their homes. In fact, since 2009, 1 in 3 Detroit properties have completed the tax foreclosure process. Significantly, only the majority Black cities in the County—Detroit, Inkster, and Highland Park—have experienced illegally inflated tax assessments and tax foreclosure at historic rates. We are fighting to end this injustice!

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