The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Detroit’s Real Tax Delinquents

Mar 4, 2013

The Detroit News reported that nearly half of Detroit’s property owners did not pay their property taxes last year.

Big surprise! With all of the cuts in city services recently, Detroit residents get nothing for their tax money. One owner said it outright: “Why pay 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.”

Not only that, but Detroit’s tax rate is the highest among big cities in the country. Many homes are assessed at more than ten times their market price! OF COURSE people aren’t paying their taxes!

If Detroit wants property tax money, maybe it should start with the corporations which have received hundreds of millions of dollars in tax BREAKS!