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

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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...

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