DETROIT (AP) – The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor scrambled to pay overdue property taxes on a vacant Detroit apartment building that sorely needs repairs.
Garlin Gilchrist II is Gretchen Whitmer’s running mate in the race for governor. Whitmer’s campaign produced a receipt for $768 to show that taxes were paid Monday.
Gilchrist’s real estate is under scrutiny. He bought the eight-unit building from the Detroit Land Bank Authority for just $13,500 in 2016, benefiting from a 50 percent discount for city employees.
The Land Bank has warned Gilchrist that he will lose the property if it’s not cleaned up and secured by Monday. Gilchrist says the rehab project stalled because he didn’t have enough money.
Bill Schuette, the Republican candidate for governor, calls the building “Halloween 2018,” a reference to a horror movie.
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