The Coalition and ACLU to hold press conference Oct. 21 demanding Wayne County Treasurer Sabree halt foreclosures.

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Our Demands

GOAL 1: STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

Governor Whitmer must create a state-level task force to investigate illegal 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 a task force 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 and Alvin Horhn (Detroit Chief Assessor)

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 and Alvin Horhn (Detroit Chief Assessor)


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

Mayor Duggan must ensure Detroit residents who the City illegally over-assessed or who experienced foreclosure when they could not afford their illegally inflated property tax bills get priority access to homes rehabbed using Neighborhood Revitalization Bond funds.

Detroit still has not offered any type of compensation for illegally overcharging people in property taxes and causing them to lose their homes. If the Revitalization Bond does not include compensation, then it should not go through.

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: ENSURE THAT HOMES BELONGING TO DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS WHO QUALIFY FOR THE PTE OR WERE ILLEGALLY ASSESSED ARE NOT SOLD AT THE TAX AUCTION.

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.

Detroit still has not offered any type of compensation for illegally overcharging people in property taxes and causing them to lose their homes. If the Revitalization Bond does not include compensation, then it should not go through.

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

Decision Makers

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

CONTACTMICHIGAN@STATE.MI.US

(517) 373-3400

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

MIAG@MICHIGAN.GOV

(517) 335-7622

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

DUGGANM@DETROITMI.GOV

(313) 224-3400

Detroit City Assessor Alvin Horhn

HORHNA@DETROITMI.GOV

(313) 224-3035

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans

WEVANS@WAYNECOUNTY.COM

(313) 224-0286

Wayne County Tresurer Eric Sabree

ESABREE@WAYNECOUNTY.COM

(313) 224-5990