Low-income Detroit homeowners may get some relief from their ongoing tax injustice with the new Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program. Gov Whitmer signed the bill at the end of February that provided relief for qualifying taxpayers. The law starts now and sunsets in 2023.
Participants in "Pay as You Stay" will get their interest and fees eliminated. And the remainder of their debt would be capped at 10% of their home's taxable value under the new law. You must be eligible for the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program to get PAYS.
The application process can be found at the City of Detroit Pay-As-You-Stay webpage. Hopefully, the people that need to know about this program will find out about it in time. The city has a less than honorable history in property taxation.
This new program doesn't address over-assessments past or present that criminally confiscated hundreds of family homes and blighted neighborhoods through tax foreclosures.