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Tax discrepancy in Boston-Edison is confusing

Asked by Nico, Boston Edison, Detroit, MI Sat Jan 2, 2010

I'm curious why two house in Boston Edison of roughly the same size (2422 sq. ft. and 2572 sq. ft.) have such different taxes due. One, on Boston Blvd, has summer taxes of $7,966 and winter taxes of $1,021. The other, two streets away on Longfellow, has summer taxes of $1,595 and winter taxes of $193. Is this a mistake? Or are these back taxes owed in the case of the Boston Blvd. property?

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Js, thanks for your detailed and knowledgeable explanation. Do you do any consulting? I would like to ask you some questions offline.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 18, 2010
Go to the following link which will take you to the private entity which dispenses actual property tax info for the city of Detroit. $2 per address search which will reveal the actual taxable value and SEV. Detroit tax mills are high (summer and winter 65mills, but Boston Edison and 52 out of 126 neighborhoods are in a NEZ(see other link) where your total mills will be 51 mills for each of the next 15 years on a primary residence (homesteaded)), but taxable values/SEV's are most often low compared to suburban historic homes of similiar sq. footage and construction(think Grosse Point and Pleasant Ridge where the homes are similiar(GP mills = 44 but taxable values/sev are 2-3x of a similiar Detroit home).

The tax link will also tell you what portion of the current taxes are for late fees, past water bills, etc. The easiest way to figure out what one will pay in an NEZ neighborhood in Detroit is to take 51 mills X the taxable value on the link provided(ex: 51 X 80 (80,000 taxable value)= 4,080). This will be the present taxes. To get your new tax use 51 mills X 95 (SEV 95,000) = 4,845. After purchase, refer to the second link for a list of dates in the property tax appeal process. In light of the times one should do this whether your purchase is a forclosure or not. This appeal is needed to bring down the SEV which becomes your new taxable value at purchase. Ask a realtor about the ins/outs of the tax appeal process in Michigan, although most are clueless when it comes the technical details needed to be successful. Also, plan on your new SEV dropping automatically by about 10% this year as Detroit and most cities will do this as there assessors know the market is declining and they do want to lower the large numbers of property tax appeals.

The tax numbers on the MLS one gets from realtors are total b.s.


0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 4, 2010
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