End Foreclosure of Illegally Taxed Homes in Detroit
In May 2021, the Coalition for Property Tax Justice and community members forced Wayne County Treasurer, Eric Sabree, to extend the moratorium on property tax foreclosures. This hard fought win saved 2,400 Detroit homeowners from eviction in the midst of a global pandemic.
However, pandemic or not, Detroit continues to over assess the City's lowest valued homes. Eric Sabree must not lift the moratorium on owner-occupied homes in Detroit until the illegally inflated property taxes end. Since 2009, Wayne County has foreclosed on 1 in 3 Detroit homes. A recent study shows that 25 percent of the lowest valued homes would not have gone into tax foreclosure but for the illegally inflated property tax assessments. This led Wayne County Executive, Warren Evans, to call the money made from illegally inflated property taxes “blood money.”
While some low-income property owners can pursue a Poverty Tax Exemption (PTE) to extinguish their tax burden through the Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program, many over assessed owners of low valued homes do not qualify for this exemption. It’s simply not a complete solution.
To prevent displacement and homelessness, in 2022, Sabree must place a moratorium on the tax foreclosure of owner occupied homes.
Email and call Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree below to demand that he place a moratorium on the tax foreclosure of owner occupied homes in 2021 to prevent displacement and homelessness during the pandemic.