May 24, 2009
"If it's an amount that's been determined by the people who are in the business of assessing ... and you pay that, then what's the issue?" she asked.
Watson's neighbors in comparable homes pay $2,000 to $6,500 in taxes. "My house has always been there," she said.
On Friday morning, Watson entered the city tax assessor's office and asked for a review of her tax bill.
Since joining the City Council six years ago, insisting that Detroit get its fair share has been one of Watson's signature issues.
On Sept. 29, for example, Watson was the only council member to vote against a tax break for General Motors Corp. in return for building the Chevrolet Volt at its Poletown assembly plant.
As recently as Tuesday, Watson blasted state officials who she said have cut $130 million from the city's portion of revenue sharing over the years. "They owe us," she said during a City Council meeting, demanding that the state pay the money to help the city through its financial crisis and reduce its deficit.
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