47% of Detroit property owners don’t pay their taxes

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Nearly half, 47%, of Detroit property owners did not pay their property taxes for 2011, reports the Detroit News. On 77 blocks only one property owner paid his or her taxes. This is a good piece of enterprise journalism: the News examined 200,000 pages of property tax documents. It’s also a good illustration of the dire condition of Detroit’s city government. I’ve been writing a review of Charlie LeDuff’s terrific book Detroit: An American Autopsy  for the the Claremont Review of Books. LeDuff, a former reporter for the New York Times and the Detroit News and now with Fox 2 television shows the human cost of Detroit’s miserable condition.

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2 Responses to “47% of Detroit property owners don’t pay their taxes”

  1. Mitt Romney on 25/25/13 at 9:14 am

    See!?! See!?! I was right. Not that it does any good now, but, it’s indicative of what we’re facing. A crapload of people demand services but don’t pay in. Add decades of stupidity and several fuckloads of corruption (courtesy of your local democrats) and you have a hellhole.