17401 Pontchartrain Blvd, Detroit
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Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 11am-1pm
@17401 Pontchartrain Blvd, Detroit
In light of a study that found the City of Detroit assessed up to 85 percent of properties at values violating the Michigan Constitution, a group of Detroit families working to save their homes will join supporters outside the home of Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree in a peaceful call for a moratorium on kicking people out of their homes until the problem of illegal tax foreclosures can be solved. The study by professors at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Oakland University found that between 2009 and 2015, the City of Detroit assessed up to 85 percent of properties at values that violated the Michigan Constitution, which states no property should be assessed at more than 50 percent of its market value. The study also found higher-valued homes are being assessed significantly under 50 percent of their market value while, in a cruel irony, lower-valued homes are being assessed at more than 50 percent of their market value. A review of city records shows that Sabree is one of the fortunate few Detroiters whose home value is relatively high and so he is assessed at a lower value than the law allows. But, poor-and-working-class Detroit families could not afford their illegally inflated property tax bills, so 1 in 4 Detroit properties were taken from their owners between 2011 and 2015. Sabree has the legal authority to place a moratorium on tax foreclosures, occurring at a rate unprecedented for any other American city since the Great Depression. Join us Thursday at 11 am as we demand that Mr. Sabree STOP THE FORECLOSURES! https://www.facebook.com/events/733862116815257/