SOUTHFIELD (AP) – The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to look at the windfalls enjoyed by counties when they sell a property because of unpaid taxes.

Local governments are keeping the cash — even if a sale exceeds the taxes and penalties owed.

Because of a mistake, Uri Rafaeli owed $8.41 on a rental property in Southfield. The bill grew to $285 with penalties and interest. Rafaeli says Oakland County sold the house for $24,500 and kept the balance.

The Pacific Legal Foundation calls it an unconstitutional taking, even if Michigan law allows it. The foundation is asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal, although the court could say no. The group says thousands of people have been affected.

Oakland County says Rafaeli forfeited the house by not paying his bill.

© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s