DETROIT (AP) – Lawsuits say Wayne County isn’t doing enough to warn property owners that they face tax foreclosure despite spending millions of dollars on the effort.

The Detroit News reports more than a dozen families have sued Wayne County and several suburbs in federal court, saying the foreclosures are illegal because the owners didn’t receive notices and believed they had more time to pay taxes and save their properties.

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The county says in court filings it followed the law.

The newspaper reports, for example, that the county foreclosed on Bernice and Ron King’s Westland home last year over a $3,000 unpaid tax bill. The Kings said they didn’t realize they were in danger of losing their home until days before it was sold at auction.

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They’ve fought their foreclosure in court.


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