Tax-foreclosure crisis looming as lawmakers set to act

State lawmakers are rushing to ease a tax-foreclosure crisis in Wayne County that could mirror the housing meltdown of half a decade ago — and could give Detroit another spate of bad headlines.

As state legislators reconvene next week for what’s likely to be a frenetic lame-duck session focused on road repairs, Michigan’s top officials are watching for action on a pair of bills to help tens of thousands of homeowners in metro Detroit avoid evictions.

The two bills languished for years in Lansing, but this fall, they have broad bipartisan support as leaders scramble to avoid a tax foreclosure crisis that could mirror the housing meltdown of half a decade ago — and spring Detroit back into the headlines as a city of financial pathos, just as it tries to burnish a brighter post-bankruptcy image.

This year, the Wayne County treasurer began foreclosure proceedings on a stunning 76,000 properties, including 62,000 in Detroit, capping three years of increased efforts to collect back taxes from people like Marcella Crockett, 39, of Detroit.

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