University of Wisconsin–Madison

Split-Rate Property Taxation in Detroit: Findings and Recommendations

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report analyzes Detroit's split-rate tax system, which applies a higher rate to land value and a lower rate to structures and property improvements. It finds that foreclosure rates in the city significantly decreased when property tax rates were effectively lowered. Its recommendations include taxing land at five times the rate of structures and improvements, reevaluating commercial tax abatement underwriting, and informing lenders about the implications of tax system changes.

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