Half of Detroit property owners don't pay taxes [detroitnews.com]
The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of the city's taxable parcels are delinquent on their 2011 bills.
Delinquency is so pervasive that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes last year, The News found. Many of those who don't pay question why they should in a city that struggles to light its streets or keep police on them.
"Why pay taxes?" asked Fred Phillips, who owes more than $2,600 on his home on an east-side block where five owners paid 2011 taxes. "Why should I send them taxes when they aren't supplying services? It is sickening. … Every time I see the tax bill come, I think about the times we called and nobody came."
Wesley paid $810 last year for her snug home near Chalmers. She was the only resident on her 32-parcel block who paid.
"It makes me not want to pay," said Wesley, 85, who would move from her home of more than 20 years if she could afford it. "If nobody else is paying, why should I?"
coming soon to other socialist-run cities and counties near you...sooner or later those who DO pay realize they are the suckers, and decide to jump on the bandwagon...the classic example of killing the golden goose.
On a side note, funny how that 47% number keeps turning up, no?
Last edited by Radeck; 03-02-2013 at 05:10 PM..
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