Judge is asked if Detroit tax appeals can be filed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT Lawyers want to know if Detroit's bankruptcy case will prevent residents from filing property tax appeals by a Wednesday deadline.

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is being asked to intervene. He's stopped all litigation against Detroit, a typical step in a bankruptcy case. But lawyers wonder whether that means property owners can't file appeals against the city at the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Attorney Yuliy Osipov (YU'-lee OZ'-i-pov) says it's a delicate issue. He says violating an order that prohibits further legal action against Detroit could carry consequences. That's why he wants the judge to make a decision as soon as possible.

In a court filing Tuesday, Detroit doesn't object to the appeals. Osipov says he's representing a group that pursues appeals for owners who have hundreds of properties in Detroit.

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