Ellen Kirtner


This Note will examine the Wayne County’s novel use of a reverter plan in its postauction tactics, along with its preauction tactics, to suggest when and how other local governments may successfully apply similar programs to their own problems with blight and delinquency following tax auctions. This Note will also consider from a practical, policy perspective whether reverter programs are actually the best choice for local governments struggling with vacant, blighted, and tax delinquent properties. Because Wayne County took such a drastic measure to combat tax delinquency and blight in such an accelerated process, this Note focuses on the economic climate and policy of Wayne County in analyzing the legality and policy considerations of a tax foreclosure reverter clause.

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