DETROIT (AP) – The Wayne County treasurer has scheduled hearings for thousands of property owners facing foreclosure due to unpaid taxes.

Show cause hearings will be held Thursday and Friday at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and again from Monday through Feb. 6.

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About 76,000 Wayne County properties are in foreclosure, including 62,000 in Detroit.

The treasurer’s office is preparing for as many as 21,000 property owners owing taxes from 2012 through 2014 to show up at the hearings. Staffers will review each situation, make payment arrangements and discuss assistance options.

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill this month that allows homeowners facing financial hardship to use a payment plan to meet tax responsibilities and avoid foreclosure. Snyder says the law aims to help reduce Wayne County’s foreclosure rate.


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