Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has indicated he wants to lower Detroit's property taxes. If enacted, the move would help to correct one of the most mind-bogglingly inane parts of Detroit city government. Local tax rates—the highest among the nation's fifty largest cities—has homes stuck in a swirling toilet bowl of neglect and foreclosure. The city's love for over-assessing property values certainly doesn't help. Addressing these problems is the proactive alternative to Detroit's typical blight policy, which is often judged only by the number of houses successfully demolished. While Orr's analysis of the property assessment situation is "ongoing," making property taxes reasonable would be an improvement that really can't be overstated.
· Orr seeks to lower Detroit's property taxes to attract residents [Det News]