Since the only posts on my blog that are worth reading are the ones I reblog from The Curmudgeon (see https://citizentom.com/2020/01/06/is-there-any-hope-for-usa-relations-with-the-islamic-world/comment-page-1/#comment-91517), I decided I had better get with it and repost another such post before I lose all my readers. 😉
Note that The Curmudgeon did not link directly to the articles he cited. Since I found his post rather shocking I found it difficult to believe. So, I decided to investigate. Here some links.
There does not seem to be much interest in this subject by the Crony Capitalist news media. So information is difficult to find. This Google query turned up some interesting stuff.
However, as I don’t trust Google, I also tried bing.com. https://www.bing.com/search?q=%22property%20tax%22%20foreclosure%20%22pacific%20legal%20foundation%22%20alabama%20new%20york&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=%22property%20tax%22%20foreclosure%20%22pacific%20legal%20foundation%22%20alabama&sc=1-61&sk=&cvid=1125633EAB244237817767BFFA493FC4
Finally got the hit I wanted.
This problem is more widespread than just Michigan, and it is a good indication of why we should not trust government to do the right thing. As good citizens, we must hold the people who rule us accountable.
I compiled this post from a variety of sources: Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org), Pacific Legal Foundation (Pacificlegal.org), Greatfallstribune.com (Mt.), Detroitnews.com and SSRN.COM.
Uri Rafaeli’s story isheartbreaking to read: Uri is a retired 83-year-old Michigan engineer, and in 2014 he accidentally underpaid, by $8.41, the property taxes on a home he rented out. But instead of notifying him of the issue and helping him, his county government seized the home and sold it at auction for $24,500. The county (Wayne) then kept all the proceeds—leaving Rafaeli with nothing.
There is a word for this practice: theft. And Wayne County is not the only one winning big on the minuscule mistakes of the little guy: it’s every county in Michigan and in a dozen other states, as well. In the case of Erica Perez, whose home was taken and sold for $108,000 to satisfy a debt of $144, the notice was…
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