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"Bacon" Dem Paid $68 In Property Tax In 2003

The Detroit city council woman who was recently made news by demanding more "bacon" for Detroit from Obama has an interesting past.

Including this, from the archives of the Associated Press:

Detroit city council member JoAnn Watson’s property taxes: $68

May 24, 2009

DETROIT — A Detroit City Council member who paid $68 in property taxes this year because city records indicate her home doesn’t exist, said she thought damage caused by a tornado was the reason her bill was so low.

But JoAnn Watson couldn’t recall exactly when the tornado struck her well-kept brick, Tudor-style home on the city’s west side, saying it might have been 1993 or 2002.

Who can remember such details?

She said she was unaware of a city records discrepancy that has for the past decade listed the parcel as an empty lot, despite the home occupying the plot since 1926.

Owners of comparable homes pay $2,000 to $6,500 in property taxes.

"I pay the taxes. All I know is I had a big drop when my house got hit hard by a tornado," Watson told the Detroit Free Press for a Sunday story. "We had great damage."

Watson said she noticed the drop in her property tax bill, but assumed it was because the tornado left a hole in her roof and damaged the home’s foundation. The Free Press said, however, that she did not file an insurance claim.

Watson said that when the lower bill arrived, she paid it without questioning why her taxes dropped, or why they didn’t increase after she repaired the house…

So how long did she continue to pay this rate?

"I’ve been a target of a smear campaign," Watson told reporters gathered outside her home on Sunday. "… I pay my bills and whatever I was billed, I paid."

When asked why anyone would want to "smear" her, Watson replied: "I don’t smoke, I don’t drink and I don’t sleep around. It’s an election year. I’ll let you figure it out."

Watson, 58, said the records change came without her involvement and before she was elected to City Council in 2003…

Perhaps it is a little petty to bring up such ancient history. Still, it seems a little too typical.

By the way, notice the AP never mentioned Watson’s party affiliation. Which is also typical.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “"Bacon" Dem Paid $68 In Property Tax In 2003”

  1. GetBackJack

    Laws are for all us Little People

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Hm, an ugly, stupid, arrogant, loud-mouthed black woman with an a** that’s two ax-handles wide whose obnoxious attitude only serves to verify her own monumental ignorance and temerity. Say, that’s new.

    So who’s stereotyping? .

  3. Perdido

    They’re just about to dis-incorporate Detroit anyway. She can pay farm taxes.

  4. canary

    It’s so public knowledge and computerized, the media and she have the answers. She’s a liar or mentally incompetent. It’s entertainment that’s for sure.

  5. FIGHT THE SMEARS!…..(there is a democrat that may be guilty of something)

    TRIBALISM, that’s what this is. We vote for a black guy, that black guy needs to take care of his voters.

    Anyone who has ever worked with a majority of black people will understand their logic:
    ~When they are the minority: “It’s the majority’s job to protect and secure the minority’s rights, to make things fair.”
    ~When they are the majority: “Majority rules sucka!”

    Generally, you can expect people like JoAnn Watson to squawk about things if it’s NOT to their benefit, and are totally silent when things are skewed in their favor. It’s better to give than receive, but people like her are not at all embarrassed to receive from other people, b/c she is entitled, and this is what the story really is all about. She needs money, squawk squawk squawk! She is getting unfair benefits that would help the city? “It’s a smear!”

  6. yadayada

    $68 is her fair share

  7. P. Aaron

    That may be her home but she resides elsewhere in a gated community.




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