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The alternative is for the district to carry the burden of foreclosing, which costs taxpayers money (foreclosures are involved to protect homeowners) or alternatively just forgiving the tax debts of Alzheimer's patients.

These foreclosure don't just happen one day. They happen after six months of warnings, letters, phone calls, etc.




The burden? Excuse me? That's their job. I'm sorry there is a cost associated with doing your job.

If you're prepared to outsource that job and have the private sector do it extremely poorly and with no regulation, thereby effectively raping people of their wealth over a pittance, you should be prepared to pay the consequence for that.


I'm not defending the DC process. I don't like outsourcing basic government functions like tax collection. My point is that the article is very one sided. It can cost the District a lot of money to do these foreclosures themselves, because the foreclosure process is time consuming and extremely friendly to the homeowner. Those costs can outweigh the taxes owed. Should a taxpayer just be able to get away with not paying because its not worthwhile foreclosing on them? Maybe, but its not like there is no cost to that option. Its not like the DC government just decided to screw over old people one day.


> It can cost the District a lot of money to do these foreclosures themselves, because the foreclosure process is time consuming and extremely friendly to the homeowner. Those costs can outweigh the taxes owed. Should a taxpayer just be able to get away with not paying because its not worthwhile foreclosing on them?

Yes. How much do we spend every year on the disabled, seniors, and veterans between benefits, support systems, etc? What is the marginal cost to extend that support to wiping away under $1000 in property taxes?

How much public support will they require after they evicted from their homes over several hundred dollars and have no where to go? We're just shifting the burden. That's my problem.




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