Duggan: Tax law change saves 14K homes from foreclosure
Mackinac Island — A new law allowing Detroit homeowners to get reduced penalties for delinquent property tax bills has kept 14,000 city homes from falling into foreclosure, Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday.
"Think about that — 14,000 homes ... 42,000 people. That's the population of the city of Midland," Duggan said in delivering a progress report on city neighborhoods to 1,500 of the state's business, civic and political leaders at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference.
Duggan touted improved city services and progress eliminating blight five months after Detroit emerged from a historic bankruptcy.
Electrical workers have installed more than 44,000 new street lights in the years-long effort to fix Detroit's long-neglected broken streetlights.
"By the end of July, every neighborhood light in the city will be done," Duggan said.
Construction crews tore down about 4,000 blighted homes in 2015 and are on track to demolish another 4,000 this year, Duggan said.
To crack down on blighted structures, Detroit has filed 1,900 lawsuits in the past year against homeowners with building code violations, 468 of which resulted in agreements to fix up the homes, Duggan said.