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The Detroit News- Detroit property tax relief plan gets new life

An unprecedented property tax break that would forgive poor Detroit homeowners their past delinquent bills is getting new life after stalling in Lansing three years ago.

Today the city can't wipe away old property tax debt, even if the owner could have qualified for a little-known poverty exemption that the state allows cities to grant on a yearly basis.

Proponents say the law needs to change: The application process for the exemption was convoluted and inaccessible in Detroit, which at the same time was overtaxing owners with admittedly inflated assessments.

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