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Yellow Bag Notice (Video)
Yellow Bag Notice (Video)
Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Wayne County Treasurer's Office will directly notify homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure with a yellow bag filled with helpful, preventative resources and information about the process. Watch the video to learn more.
Taxpayer Saturdays at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD)
Taxpayer Saturdays at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wayne County Community College will once again host Treasurer Eric R. Sabree every Saturday in February to meet with homeowners who are at risk of property tax foreclosure. Click on the link to learn more about the various event locations and times.
Wayne County Treasurer's Office Veterans Programs (Video)
Wayne County Treasurer's Office Veterans Programs (Video)
Monday, December 11, 2017
Wayne County Treasurer's Office (WCTO) employee shares past Armed Forces experiences and provides information on programs available to assist veterans with delinquent property taxes in Wayne County.
Crain's- Wayne County Land Bank's New Executive Director Focuses On Blight, Partnerships
Crain's- Wayne County Land Bank's New Executive Director Focuses On Blight, Partnerships
Monday, December 04, 2017
Wayne County's new land bank executive director plans to use his legal, business and cultural acumen to help reduce the number of blighted properties in the county.
Property Tax Exemption Workshops
Property Tax Exemption Workshops
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Depending on the number of people living in your home and your household income, a Property Tax Exemption (PTE) can either cut your current year's taxes owed in half, or wipe them out completely. Read the flyer to find a workshop near you!
Fall Newsletter
Fall Newsletter
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Wayne County Treasurer's Office (WCTO) Newsletter is now available!
Crain's- Mcgregor Fund Grants $500,000 To Help Shield Homeowners From Tax Foreclosure
Crain's- Mcgregor Fund Grants $500,000 To Help Shield Homeowners From Tax Foreclosure
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Detroit-based McGregor Fund has awarded $500,000 to the United Community Housing Coalition to help shield 1,000 homeowners from losing their homes to tax foreclosure.
County Treasurers Urge Homeowners Behind On Property Taxes To Seek Relief Through Step Forward Michigan Program
County Treasurers Urge Homeowners Behind On Property Taxes To Seek Relief Through Step Forward Michigan Program
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Homeowners in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure because they can't pay their property taxes may be able to get financial assistance from the Step Forward Michigan program.
Property Tax Foreclosures In Wayne County Reach All Time Low (Video)
Property Tax Foreclosures In Wayne County Reach All Time Low (Video)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tax foreclosures of owner-occupied homes in Detroit down 88% over past two years.
Treasurer Sabree & Judge Mathis Foreclosure Prevention Commercial (Video)
Treasurer Sabree & Judge Mathis Foreclosure Prevention Commercial (Video)
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Treasurer Sabree and Judge Mathis share a special message to help Wayne County taxpayers avoid property tax foreclosure.
Fox 2- Tax Foreclosures Down 88 Percent In Detroit
Fox 2- Tax Foreclosures Down 88 Percent In Detroit
Friday, September 22, 2017
After thousands of Detroit families lost their homes to tax foreclosure in the past few years, officials announced Tuesday those foreclosures are down nearly 99 percent.
WDIV- Mayor Duggan Outlines Plan To Help Detroit Residents In Tax Trouble
WDIV- Mayor Duggan Outlines Plan To Help Detroit Residents In Tax Trouble
Friday, September 22, 2017
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has taken a lot of heat during his first term about the living conditions in the neighborhoods. On Tuesday night, he pointed to a program he believes proves help is on the way.
Michigan Radio- Much Progress Reducing Tax Foreclosures In Detroit, Wayne County
Michigan Radio- Much Progress Reducing Tax Foreclosures In Detroit, Wayne County
Friday, September 22, 2017
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says a new law that knocked down the 18% interest rate for back tax payment plans to 6% helped, as did a media blitz by Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree and scores of groups and volunteers who got the word out. ...
Reuters- Detroit Tax Foreclosures Plummet Over Two Years
Reuters- Detroit Tax Foreclosures Plummet Over Two Years
Friday, September 22, 2017
The number of property foreclosures in Detroit due to nonpayment of taxes dropped in 2017 to the lowest level since the 2008 housing market collapse, local officials announced on Tuesday.
Dbusiness- Detroit Officials: Tax Foreclosures Down 88 Percent In Past Two Years
Dbusiness- Detroit Officials: Tax Foreclosures Down 88 Percent In Past Two Years
Friday, September 22, 2017
City of Detroit and Wayne County officials today announced that tax foreclosures throughout Detroit have decreased 88 percent over the past two years, to their lowest levels since the housing market collapsed in Oct. 2008.
Hightech Beacon- Tax Foreclosure Rates In Detroit Drop To Lowest Level In 10 Years
Hightech Beacon- Tax Foreclosure Rates In Detroit Drop To Lowest Level In 10 Years
Friday, September 22, 2017
Duggan said â…” of the occupied house foreclosures in Detroit this year were cases where a landlord was collecting rent, but not paying the taxes.
Michigan Chronicle- Tax Foreclosures Of Owner-Occupied Homes In Detroit Down 88% Over Past Two Years
Michigan Chronicle- Tax Foreclosures Of Owner-Occupied Homes In Detroit Down 88% Over Past Two Years
Friday, September 22, 2017
Tax foreclosures in the city of Detroit dropped this year to their lowest levels since the housing market collapsed in October 2008, city and county officials announced.
Detroit Free Press- Detroit, Wayne County See Dramatic Drop In Foreclosures
Detroit Free Press- Detroit, Wayne County See Dramatic Drop In Foreclosures
Friday, September 22, 2017
City, county and community leaders touted a substantial drop in foreclosures in Wayne County and Detroit at a news conference. Property tax foreclosures in Wayne County were reduced from 28,000 in 2015 to less than 7,000 this year.
The Detroit News- Detroit Tax Foreclosures Fall 88% Since 2015
The Detroit News- Detroit Tax Foreclosures Fall 88% Since 2015
Friday, September 22, 2017
Wayne County and Detroit officials on Tuesday announced tax foreclosures in the city have fallen 88 percent in the last two years.
WXYZ - Tax Foreclosures In Detroit Down Nearly 90 Percent In Two Years
WXYZ - Tax Foreclosures In Detroit Down Nearly 90 Percent In Two Years
Thursday, September 21, 2017
According to the city, tax foreclosures dropped to their lowest levels this year since 2008 and are down 88 percent over the last two years. Watch the video here.
WDET- Outreach Efforts Have Reduced Tax-Foreclosures In Detroit, Officials Say
WDET- Outreach Efforts Have Reduced Tax-Foreclosures In Detroit, Officials Say
Thursday, September 21, 2017
At a press conference, city and county officials came together to announce the decrease in tax foreclosures in Wayne County. Listen to the audio here.
Operation Backpack
Operation Backpack
Monday, September 11, 2017
Treasurer Sabree and staff attended Operation Backpack at River Rouge High School. Experience the fun through this photo story.
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree At Ecorse Town Hall (Video)
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree At Ecorse Town Hall (Video)
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
At a town hall meeting in Ecorse, Mich. Treasurer Sabree speaks to residents about property tax foreclosure prevention.
Dbusiness- A Novel Kiosk Payment System Launched In Detroit Expands Its Offerings
Dbusiness- A Novel Kiosk Payment System Launched In Detroit Expands Its Offerings
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree says the DivDat kiosk program is exceeding his expectations, while providing new insights about county taxpayers.
A Farewell To The Wayne County Treasurer's Office Michigan State University Interns
A Farewell To The Wayne County Treasurer's Office Michigan State University Interns
Monday, August 28, 2017
As the Michigan State University WCTO summer interns return to East Lansing, we wish them all the best and continued success. Read to learn all they did for us and Wayne County taxpayers.
Mlive- County Treasurers Tout State's $40m Foreclosure Relief Fund
Mlive- County Treasurers Tout State's $40m Foreclosure Relief Fund
Monday, August 28, 2017
The Step Forward program has already paid out more than $307 million to 34,597 homeowners, according to the MSHDA. The program has about $40 million available before it expires in 2020.
The Detroit News- Wayne Co. Considers Pilot Program To Rehab Properties
The Detroit News- Wayne Co. Considers Pilot Program To Rehab Properties
Thursday, August 24, 2017
'The Wayne County Commission is weighing a pilot program that would keep some tax-foreclosed properties from the county auction and put them into the hands of developers for rehabilitation.'
WCTO Kiosk Partnership
WCTO Kiosk Partnership
Monday, August 07, 2017
Watch a delinquent payment kiosk commercial featuring Treasurer Sabree.
WXYZ- Spotlight On The News: Eric Sabree On Foreclosures
WXYZ- Spotlight On The News: Eric Sabree On Foreclosures
Monday, August 07, 2017
Chuck Stokes interviews Treasurer Sabree concerning foreclosure prevention.
There's Help For Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
There's Help For Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
The tri-county treasurers of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb have a message for their residents.
Community Reports: How Wayne County Helped A Resident Keep Home And Garden (Video)
Community Reports: How Wayne County Helped A Resident Keep Home And Garden (Video)
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Wayne County Treasurer's Office recently helped a resident save her home and two adjoining lots from tax foreclosure. Watch the video to learn more!
WXYZ- Remembering The Detroit Riots On The Corner Of 12th And Clairmount
WXYZ- Remembering The Detroit Riots On The Corner Of 12th And Clairmount
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Treasurer Sabree revisits memories of the '67 Detroit riots.
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree Launches Full Review Of All Office Operations And Procedures To Better Improve Taxpayer Services
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree Launches Full Review Of All Office Operations And Procedures To Better Improve Taxpayer Services
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Plante Moran begins 90-day process review at request of Wayne County Treasurer.
Fall Auction Registration And Bidding Information
Fall Auction Registration And Bidding Information
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A comprehensive list of dates and guidelines for fall auction registration and bidding.
Michigan Radio- Metro Detroit Homeowners Urged To Get Help With Back Taxes
Michigan Radio- Metro Detroit Homeowners Urged To Get Help With Back Taxes
Monday, July 10, 2017
Treasurer Sabree and surrounding county treasurers get the word out about the Step Forward Michigan program, which offers up to $30,000 in no-interest loans to help people catch up on back taxes.
Press Release Pickup
Press Release Pickup
Friday, July 07, 2017
Our latest Press Release has circulated throughout the United States. Find out how far the word has spread.
The Detroit News- Treasurers: Program Helps Cut Detroit Area Foreclosures
The Detroit News- Treasurers: Program Helps Cut Detroit Area Foreclosures
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Tri-county treasurers of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland & MSHDA Director hold a press conference to discuss the success of the Michigan Step Forward program to keep homeowners out of foreclosure.
Fox 2 Detroit- Donors Help Stop Detroit House Foreclosures As Part Of New Program
Fox 2 Detroit- Donors Help Stop Detroit House Foreclosures As Part Of New Program
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Fox 2 interviews Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree on the recent donation to keep taxpayers in their homes.
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree Works With Business Owners And Nonprofit Organizations To Help Taxpayers Save Their Homes From Foreclosure
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree Works With Business Owners And Nonprofit Organizations To Help Taxpayers Save Their Homes From Foreclosure
Friday, June 30, 2017
Treasurer Eric R. Sabree is pleased to announce that his office has accepted donations from private donors to help taxpayers save their homes from property tax foreclosure.
Crain's Detroit Business- Wayne County Treasurer's Office Works Hard To Reduce Foreclosures
Crain's Detroit Business- Wayne County Treasurer's Office Works Hard To Reduce Foreclosures
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
'Since my election as Wayne County treasurer nearly one year ago, we have taken aggressive steps to prevent foreclosures in Wayne County.'
Detroit Free Press- Wayne County Extends Program For Homeowners Facing Foreclosures
Detroit Free Press- Wayne County Extends Program For Homeowners Facing Foreclosures
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Treasurer Eric R. Sabree extends the IRSPA deadline to June 28th.
U.S. News- County Extends Program For Homeowners Facing Foreclosures
U.S. News- County Extends Program For Homeowners Facing Foreclosures
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Associated Press Announces IRSPA extension.
Treasurer Eric Sabree Supports Delinquent Tax Payment Kiosks To Be Present In All 43 Municipalities
Treasurer Eric Sabree Supports Delinquent Tax Payment Kiosks To Be Present In All 43 Municipalities
Friday, June 16, 2017
At the quarterly meeting of the Wayne County Treasurers Association, Treasurer Eric R. Sabree urges every city to get a Delinquent Tax Payment Kiosk to assist taxpayers.
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree Extends Interest Rate Reduction Program through June 28, 2017
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree Extends Interest Rate Reduction Program through June 28, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree is pleased to announce that his office has chosen to extend the June 7, 2017 deadline for a special program to reduce interest rates for homeowners at risk of foreclosure from 18% to 6%.
Tax Payment Kiosks Expand To 28 Locations In And Around Wayne County
Tax Payment Kiosks Expand To 28 Locations In And Around Wayne County
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Detroit and Wayne County residents can make payments on their accounts at 37 kiosks at 28 locations in and around the county, including 24-hour sites. All with no costly service fee.
Treasurer Sabree Joins Officials To Announce Extension Of Foreclosure Prevention Program
Treasurer Sabree Joins Officials To Announce Extension Of Foreclosure Prevention Program
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In the program, homeowners are eligible to enter payment plans at a reduced interest rate - 6%, compared to the usual 18% - and pay delinquent taxes. The result is a monthly payment amount that will help hundreds of families stay in their homes
WCTO Helps Ecorse Residents Avoid Property Tax Foreclosure
WCTO Helps Ecorse Residents Avoid Property Tax Foreclosure
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Treasurer Sabree and his staff attend Ecorse Town Hall to sign up delinquent taxpayers for payment plans.
Interest Rate Reduction Program
Interest Rate Reduction Program
Monday, April 24, 2017
Treasurer Eric R. Sabree joins Mayor Duggan and County Executive Evans to announce extension of successful foreclosure prevention program
Wayne County Treasurer Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Wayne County Treasurer Comcast Newsmakers Interview
Friday, April 07, 2017
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree interview is airing on Xfinity On Demand under the Get Local/Comcast Newsmakers button.