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Backlog at the property tax tribunal

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Backlog at the property tax tribunal

Donald Betlem bought this home for $5,000 in 2008. He had to convince the City of Detroit it wasn’t worth ten times as much.

Changing Gears/Kate Davidson

Property values have plummeted across the region. That means cities and towns have watched their tax revenue plunge as well. But many homeowners and businesses think their property taxes are still too high. The result is a double hit. Local governments are in fiscal crisis. And the tax courts of Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are clogged with people who want refunds.

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