Property Tax Justice Report Card

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Between 2010 and 2016, the City of Detroit overcharged its residents more than $600 million as a result of illegally inflated property taxes. Where does your candidate stand on Property Tax Justice?

Property Tax Champions have made the following commitments:

  1. I will demand that the City of Detroit stop illegally inflating property tax assessments, which research shows is still occurring even today.

  2. I will support a tax foreclosure moratorium on owner-occupied homes in 2022 due to the continued over-assessments.

  3. I will help create a Compensation Ordinance to refund Detroiters for illegally-inflated property taxes.

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Our Demands

GOAL 1: STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

Governor Whitmer must investigate and end illegally inflated property tax assessments in Detroit.

A recent University of Chicago study shows that, even after Mayor Duggan tried to fix over assessments in 2017, the City is still overcharging the lowest valued homes. These are deep, systemic problems that the State Tax Commission should investigate, propose solutions to end the practice, and help make the community whole.

Decision Maker(s): Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan Governor)

Abolish the Assessor’s Review

Allow Detroit homeowners the same amount of time to appeal their property tax assessments that other Michigan homeowners enjoy. No other city uses the Assessor’s Review. The Assessor makes few changes during this Review and, even worse, gives Detroit residents nearly a month less to file an appeal.

Decision Maker(s): Mayor Duggan

Make it easy for homeowners to figure out if the city is overcharging them

Property tax calculations are difficult for even experts to understand. The City must use more technology to make it easier for regular folk to understand their property tax bills.

Decision Maker(s): Mayor Duggan


GOAL 2: COMPENSATE DETROIT RESIDENTS WHO WERE OVER ASSESSED OR HAVE ALREADY LOST THEIR HOMES

Mayor Duggan must compensate Detroit residents who the City illegally over assessed or who experienced foreclosure when they could not afford their illegally inflated property tax bills.

Detroit still has not offered any type of compensation for illegally overcharging people in property taxes and causing them to lose their homes.

Decision Maker(s): Mayor Duggan

The State and County must create a compensation fund for Detroit residents

Wayne County — through its property tax revolving fund — is the primary financial beneficiary of the tax delinquency and foreclosure in Detroit. Also, the State Tax Commission took control of Detroit’s Assessment Division from 2014-2017 and must be held accountable.

Decision Maker(s): Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan Governor) and Warren Evans (Wayne County Executive)


GOAL 3: STOP ALL TAX FORECLOSURES OF OWNER-OCCUPIED HOMES UNTIL THE SYSTEMIC OVER ASSESSMENTS ARE FIXED

Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree must not foreclose on all owner-occupied properties or, at the very least, homes worth less than $25,000 because the evidence shows the City of Detroit is still illegally assessing the majority of these homes.

Decision Maker(s): Eric Sabree (Wayne County Treasurer)

Decision Makers

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

HICKSJ10@MICHIGAN.GOV

(517) 335-7858

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

DUGGANM@DETROITMI.GOV

(313) 224-3400

Wayne County Tresurer Eric Sabree

ESABREE@WAYNECOUNTY.COM

(313) 224-5990