In tax-lien limbo: Professor Dan Immergluck argues against tax lein sales

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Local governments sell tax liens from delinquent properties to private companies in order to collect overdue tax revenue. While helpful in the short term for providing governmental services the revenue pays for, the long term may have negative consequences for communities where these properties are located due to their continued neglect and disrepair under the tax lein purchasers. In addition, the sale of tax leins may even end up costing the local government more money as was the case for Genesee County in Michigan in the 1990s.

"Along with disrupting revitalization efforts, dilapidated properties lower the value of surrounding homes. As the properties depress the tax base, they also use more government services, such as code officers, police officers and firefighters, than occupied properties," Immergluck said.

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College of Design, School of City & Regional Planning

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