Democrat Oakland County, Michigan, Treasurer Andrew Meisner is taking heat for the insanity of taking away an elderly man’s home because he had an eight-dollar delinquent tax bill.
You read that right. This Democrat stole a man’s home over eight dollars.
The taking of retiree Uri Rafaeli’s home has become a cause célèbre in the nearby Detroit county as the county’s elected treasurer’s tough seizure practices are now under a microscope after he stole the man’s home over such a paltry sum owed to the country tax man.
Rafaeli, who is in his 80s, lost his 1,500-square-foot house in the Detroit suburb of Southfield when it was seized in 2014 and then sold for $24,500.
Remember, Rafaeli owed the assessor’s office $8.41. So, that means almost the entire amount of the sale of his home was profit for Democrat Meisner.
Why it has taken six years for people to rise up to support Rafaeli is anyone’s guess, but now even several local officials are on the case.
Per Fox News:
Oakland County commissioners sent an angry letter last week to Treasurer Andrew Meisner after the Michigan Supreme Court rebuked the county’s decision to seize one homeowner’s house after he underpaid his taxes by $8.41.
The commissioners said that they are forming a special investigative committee to look into the forfeiture practices and “make recommendations to protect the Oakland County taxpayers.”
“It appears your actions as Treasurer to foreclose on an Oakland County retiree’s property for $8.41 has exposed the county to serious risk,” the July 21 letter to Meisner, signed by board Chairman David Woodward and commissioners Mike Gingell and Helen Zack, said, according to the Detroit News.
Naturally, Meisner is now hiding from the press and won’t comment on his illicit actions.
The Michigan Supreme Court also weighed in saying that Meisner had no right to keep the money from the sale of the house.
“Defendants were required to return the surplus proceeds to plaintiffs, and defendants’ failure to do so constituted a government taking under the Michigan Constitution entitling plaintiffs to just compensation,” Justice Brian Zahra wrote in the 6-1 decision.
Michigan officials all across the state, though, are now afraid that the floodgates have been opened and they will be on the hook for billions in property theft.
As well they should.
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