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November 10, 2015


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David Nelson

I agree with this article to the degree that I have knowledge about property taxes in Detroit. We were thinking about moving to Detroit despite the turmoil which is frequently in the news. Detroit is a big city with a long history, and frankly, it would be interesting to live there. However, buying an affordable house looks attractive until you consider the huge property tax rate. While there may be a need for municipal income, especially in the face of a low tax base, the rate is punitive. Lower the rate and streamline the system to encourage attracting people to live in Detroit. If this is part of a smart municipal plan, the upside seems much larger than the downside. Lastly, keep in mind the limited ability of low income residents to afford high taxes. Instead create the best transportation linkages between homes, jobs and necessities.

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