In January, the owners of 43,634 properties in Detroit owed the county more than $328 million combined in unpaid taxes and fees, the New York Times reported.

Since then, some have paid their debts, entered payment plans or qualified for assistance, but 26,038 properties continue to face foreclosure and many are headed for public auction, the news outlet said.

Most of the properties are residential, though 5 percent are former businesses. One-third of the properties are vacant lots.


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