By ED WHITE/Associated Press
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) – A judge has suspended property tax bills at dozens of homes near Detroit in the latest round of a decades-old lawsuit over the destruction of black neighborhoods.
Hamtramck has struggled to fulfill an agreement to offer low-cost family housing as the remedy for discrimination in the 1950s and `60s. Now the city has another problem: protests over soaring tax bills on many of the homes that were given to victims or their relatives.
Mary Miner’s taxes went up 63 percent, to $2,600. Attorney Michael Barnhart predicts a wave of foreclosures if the city doesn’t reverse course. He says taxes must be part of affordable housing.
Hamtramck denies that it’s targeting blacks. A judge has ordered negotiations and stopped tax collections at 68 homes.
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