According to Forbes rankings, Detroit is the most miserable city in the United States.Forbes rates taxes as a factor, but that may be overstated for Detroit. Half of property owners are refusing (or can't) to pay their taxes.
Home to violent crimes, high unemployment, decreasing population and economic crises, Detroit beat out Miami (last years winner) along with Flint-MI, Chicago-IL, and Modesto-CA. The news comes on the heels of a panel of experts who said last week “the automotive city was facing a fiscal emergency and potential bankruptcy, as well as a possible financial takeover by the state.”
The criteria: “Forbes looked at 200 of the country’s largest urban areas and ranked them on factors including crime rates, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, commute times, weather and decreasing populations.”
Detroit has been run by Democrat mayors since 1964.
Via Detroit News:
Detroit — Nearly half of the owners of Detroit’s 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating a punishing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records.No wonder Detroit is facing a possible Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of the city’s taxable parcels are delinquent on their 2011 bills. Some $246.5 million in taxes and fees went uncollected, about half of which was due Detroit and the rest to other entities, including Wayne County, Detroit Public Schools and the library.