A case before the Michigan Supreme Court, making the national news. Hopefully the justices put a stop to this, and/or the legislature fixes this. The county's arguments are just silly. This is about a house in Southfield, that a guy bought as a rental. https://reason.com/2019/11/08/count...because-counties-need-money/?utm_medium=email "Arguing before the Michigan Supreme Court, attorneys for the county that pocketed nearly $25,000 from forfeiting Uri Rafaeli's property over a $8.41 tax debt argued that it's not really about the property—it's about the money." "Rafaeli's situation is awful but hardly unique: Under the terms of a state law passed in 1999, county treasurers in Michigan are allowed to seize properties with unpaid taxes, settle the debt, and keep the remainder for their own budgets. The Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law firm, is challenging that law, arguing it violates provisions in both the Michigan and U.S. Constitutions." ""A ruling for the plaintiffs will ruin local governments," warned Bursch. "That will come right out of schools, roads, firefighters, and other basic services."" ""You have a situation where a person owed $8 and lost their house. I mean, how is that equitable?"" ""The counties don't want the property," argued Bursch. "They want the money." Bingo." "In Oakland County, for example, the special budgetary fund that contains revenue from tax foreclosed properties contained more than $196 million last year, according to the county's most recent comprehensive annual financial report." "The same document details plans to use the DTRF for a number of pet projects, including the construction of a new animal shelter and adoption center."