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Half Of Detroit Property Owners Don't Pay Taxes

This Oct. 24, 2012, photo shows an abandoned home north of Detroit's downtown. When baseball's World Series returns to Detroi
This Oct. 24, 2012, photo shows an abandoned home north of Detroit's downtown. When baseball's World Series returns to Detroit this weekend for Game 3, television viewers will see vibrant crowds and skyline shots of the city. Yet beyond the hot dogs and home runs, Detroit is struggling to cross home plate. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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.

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.

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