Eula Henley has lived in Russell Woods neighborhood since late 1950s
DETROIT -Eula Henley, 85, said she’s at a loss for words that a complete stranger would pay her delinquent tax bill of nearly $8,800.
“I don’t know who it is, but I certainly appreciate you,” Henley said.
When Henley first moved to the Russell Woods neighborhood on the west side of Detroit in 1959, she said her property taxes were $700 per year. Today, she said they are $1,600 per year.
She got behind in 2011 and was never able to catch up, despite being on a payment plan.
Thanks to a Local 4 viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, Henley’s debt is free and clear. But there are many others in Detroit who are in a similar situation where their homes have lost value.
“When you have a home like Ms. Henley’s that will appraise for $8,000 or $9,000, and it’s assessed at $37,000, the system is flawed,” said Errol Jennings, who is the president of the Russell Woods Sullivan-area Neighborhood Association.
“It kind of makes you anxious,” Henley said. “You have anxiety attacks and you might say sleepless nights, but I can sleep and maybe I can even dream now. You know, I couldn’t do that before.”