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Detroit City Council Member's Property Taxes: $68
Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2009

Posted on 05/24/2009 6:54:16 AM PDT by reaganaut1

A Detroit city council member has paid $68 in property taxes this year because city records say her home doesn't exist.

JoAnn Watson's brick Tudor-style home on the city's west side has been occupied since 1926, but city records have classified the parcel as an empty lot for the past decade.

Owners of comparable homes pay $2,000 to $6,500 in property taxes.

Watson told the Detroit Free Press she thought the steep drop in property taxes was a result of tornado damage. She doesn't recall when the tornado struck, however, saying it might have been 1993 or 2002.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; joannwatson; michigan

1 posted on 05/24/2009 6:54:16 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

let me guess..democrat..my first hint? no mention of party affiliation..had she been a republican it would have been prominently mentioned in the first sentence..


2 posted on 05/24/2009 6:59:28 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: reaganaut1

I’m sure her neighbors haven’t minded paying her share. We have to spread the wealth, ya know.


3 posted on 05/24/2009 7:00:33 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: reaganaut1
I remember that tornado well. It was either 1993 or 2002.

The wind doesn't blow in Detroit, it sucks.

4 posted on 05/24/2009 7:05:41 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: bgill

Democrats on taxes- Rules are for THEE not for ME! That is why they are always pushing to raise them. They never really pay them, it is all an illusion. when will folks wake up to this? How many have to be tax cheats to prove it? In this one instance, I wish UBS would release the names of the folks who have accounts that evade taxes. It would be telling for sure!


5 posted on 05/24/2009 7:06:01 AM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: reaganaut1

“She doesn’t recall when the tornado struck, saying
it might have been 1993 or 2002.”
-—this must be the same woman who called 911 because she had a shortage of Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s.
But seriously folks, this is obviously something they thought no one would notice in Detroit, where it would be a surprise to me ANYONE’S property taxes would be as high
as the cited $6500. They currently can’t GIVE houses away in Detroit, and as everyone knows the city is a mess everywhichway you look.Detroit now, in its own way, is similar to New Orleans post-Katrina. Look at Detroit Real Estate on Google or even Ebay. Unbelievable. One thing it DOESN’T have in common with NOLA is that in NOLA they’ve still got “hopeful” prices attached to even marginal real estate.


6 posted on 05/24/2009 7:07:42 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. That's what they tell the eggs./ R. Jarrell)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Ha! Party affiliation need not be mentioned here...Republicans don’t win elections in Detroit, heck, they don’t even run...


7 posted on 05/24/2009 7:12:38 AM PDT by OldBlondBabe
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To: reaganaut1

Oh yeah, it was the global warming that caused the tornado that then caused the tax break.


8 posted on 05/24/2009 7:14:12 AM PDT by NotSoModerate
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To: reaganaut1

She became a city council member in ‘68. What would her taxes be if she had become a city council member in ‘50?


9 posted on 05/24/2009 7:15:02 AM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: reaganaut1

She’s obviously not related to Sherlock Holme’s Watson, or Watson...form Watson and Crick fame. This Watson is low on watts...a dim bulb...but might be the brightest of the bunch on the Detroit City Council. Scary...and we’re nowhere near Halloween yet.


10 posted on 05/24/2009 7:15:24 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

For those who are not familiar with Detroit and it’s complete corruption, there is no need to look for Party affiliation.
As far as I know, from growing up there, there are NO Republicans anywhere near Detroit politics.
It long ago became a Kleptocracy of the Democrat/Socialists.
And that, my FRiends, is the reason that the hell-hole of Detroit is like that.
Soon to be coming to your town.


11 posted on 05/24/2009 7:16:11 AM PDT by gigster
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To: supremedoctrine
“She doesn’t recall when the tornado struck, saying
it might have been 1993 or 2002.”

Does that mean she hasn't paid her fair share since 1993 or 2002? She has a lot of catching up plus penalties and interest.

12 posted on 05/24/2009 7:18:05 AM PDT by Bronzy
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To: reaganaut1
JoAnn Watson's brick Tudor-style home on the city's west side has been occupied since 1926, but city records have classified the parcel as an empty lot for the past decade.

Easy to arrange if you have the correct connection, it is Detroit after all, and they have thousands of abandoned homes.

13 posted on 05/24/2009 7:22:30 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: reaganaut1

This is really hilarious. I mean it. I laughed when I read it. Corruption is so ingrained in Chicago politics that a statement like that will suffice for Chicago voters. They know it’s pure BS just like I do but the difference is that it’s normal for them. They expect it.


14 posted on 05/24/2009 7:26:06 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: saganite

Chicago=Detroit in my post 14. Doesn’t matter though. Same thing.


15 posted on 05/24/2009 7:27:24 AM PDT by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: reaganaut1

“Dr. JoAnn Watson is serving her first full term as a Member of the Detroit City Council, where she has sponsored more than 1,000 laws in 5 years, including: a ban on hand-held cell phones while driving, a ban on smoking in public places, and a law demanding that Receiving Hospital & Hutzel Hospital remain open “in perpetuity”. She is the only woman to serve as the Executive Director of the Detroit NAACP. She was appointed as vice chair of the Detroit Human Rights Commission by Mayor Coleman A. Young and chaired Women’s Equality Day Celebrations in the City of Detroit for a decade. Formerly, she was a local and national YWCA executive. Prior to her election, Council Member Watson was Public Policy Liaison for Congressman John Conyers, and was a co-founder of the Coalition for Health Care Equity.”

http://www.joannwatson.com/Biography.html

1000 laws in five years. Real freedom-fighter there.


16 posted on 05/24/2009 7:29:38 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: reaganaut1

Disgusting.


17 posted on 05/24/2009 7:32:09 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: reaganaut1
Rahm Emanuel's tax-free housing scheme ... this woman's tax free housing scheme... Lil' Tim Geithner's not paying taxes ...

Apparently Democrats are all for lower taxes!

18 posted on 05/24/2009 7:42:30 AM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: reaganaut1
Just another Democrat TAX CHEAT.

Nothing to see, here.

19 posted on 05/24/2009 7:47:20 AM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: reaganaut1

Now I wonder if she will have to pay all of the arrears or lose her house? You know, like the little people.


20 posted on 05/24/2009 7:58:03 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: PGalt
She’s obviously not related to Sherlock Holme’s Watson, or Watson...from Watson and Crick fame. This Watson is low on watts...a dim bulb...but might be the brightest of the bunch on the Detroit City Council. Scary...and we’re nowhere near Halloween yet.

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21 posted on 05/24/2009 8:04:15 AM PDT by doc11355
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

And dumb enough to pay taxes on a home which doesn’t exist.


22 posted on 05/24/2009 8:07:00 AM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, school and passport records.)
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To: doc11355

Thanks for the pic. This well-fed, built-like-a-brick Tudor councilwoman from Detroit is obviously not taxed to death.


23 posted on 05/24/2009 8:10:34 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: reaganaut1

She should be the poster child for the insanity that is Detroit!


24 posted on 05/24/2009 8:41:23 AM PDT by mort56 (He who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. - Ben Franklin)
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To: Oldpuppymax
Of course there will be no penalty, after all it's just a mistake. Perhaps her husband or significant other was responsible for paying the bills. Or, maybe the tax collector doesn't speak english so she couldn't understand that he/she was trying to collect taxes. Both of these excuses were given and apparantly accepted by Charlie Rangel and he's the head of the Ways and Means Tax writing committe.

Besides, she's black, a democrat, obese, good chance she's gay so I'm pretty darn sure there is no controlling legal authority for a case like this.

25 posted on 05/24/2009 9:29:10 AM PDT by marlon (Does anyone know the procedure for impeachment of a teleprompter?)
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To: Larry Lucido
From link

Council Member Watson earned a Journalism Degree from the University of Michigan, where she was active with the peace and justice movement.

Doctor?¿

26 posted on 05/24/2009 9:48:34 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: reaganaut1
Detroit will be interesting to watch over the next few years. Dave Bing is capable of helping that city, but I'm guessing he will meet a lot of resistance from the likes of Mrs. Conyers, the city council, etc.

I wonder if he's been accused of being an Uncle Tom yet.

27 posted on 05/24/2009 11:29:51 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: reaganaut1

Yup, ‘bout right.


28 posted on 05/28/2009 8:02:06 AM PDT by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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