The two bills have strong support from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. In different ways, both would let county treasurers reduce or eliminate the penalties and heavy interest — as high as 18% a year — that quickly accumulate under state law when homeowners get behind on property taxes.
"We have to keep people in their homes — it's really hard to stabilize the neighborhoods when you force people out through foreclosure," Duggan said this week. He called Gov. Rick Snyder and "took him through the details and told him we'd be pushing these" in the Legislature's lame-duck session, Duggan said. Snyder, traveling in China earlier this week, could not be reached for comment.
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