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Drop In Foreclosures Means More Services For Taxpayers

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – New numbers from the Ingham County Register of Deeds show foreclosures in Ingham County have dropped 50 percent since 2012, which will likely lead to an increase in taxpayer services that were cut in previous years since county revenues depend on money from property taxes.

“When we see those foreclosure numbers drop, it's a good sign for us,” said Rebecca Bahar-Cook, Ingham County Commissioner. “It means in the next probably 18 months, we'll be seeing higher revenue tax base coming back into the county, and that means we'll be able to implement or put back some of the programs or some of the cuts we've had to make in the past."

Bahar-Cook says some of those cuts included sheriff’s deputies, recycling programs and cuts to the parks department.

Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. says his office has worked closely with foreclosure counselors and attorneys to help keep people in their homes, and says their efforts, coupled with external forces, have led to the decreased number of foreclosures. “I think the economy is a huge part of it,” says Hertel. “The job market is getting better, GM investing in the third shift certainly is helping. We’re certainly seeing people moving back into the area. That’s positive.”

Hertel says Ingham County saw 344 foreclosures in the first half of 2014, compared to 548 in the first half of 2013. 
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