Recognizing and Reducing the Disparate Impact of Property Tax Assessment Systems 
Date & Time
Thursday, September 8, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tiffany Smith Marie Sheehan

While municipalities rely heavily on property tax revenues, the assessment, collection, and delinquency management approaches have and continue to disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities. This disparate impact is most evident in over-assessment in low-income areas, increased percentages of homes on the property tax sale roles in the over-assessed communities, and increased violent crime and quality of life issues associated with the vacant properties often created through the delinquency management approaches. During this session, panelists will discuss the findings of critical new research on property taxes from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, as well as efforts by the Property Tax Appeal Project, an initiative in Detroit and Chicago to provide free legal services to improve homeowner's outcomes during the board of review property tax appeal process. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the disparate impact of current property tax assessments and approaches on Black and Brown communities, and ideas for solutions to prevent families from losing their homes due to unpaid property taxes.

Session Type
Breakout Session