State Takes House Over $8.41 Tax Bill, Sells It for $24,500 and Keeps the Money

State Takes House Over $8.41 Tax Bill, Sells It for $24,500 and Keeps the Money By John Vibes After former Michigan resident Uri Rafaeli accidentally underpaid his tax bill by a mere $8.41, his home was seized by the local government who then sold the house for $24,500 and kept the money. Rafaeli originally paid $60,000 for the property, but the property was recently estimated to be worth $128,000 by Zillow. In the state of Michigan, the government is allowed to take a resident’s home and auction it off to…

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Wealthy developers cash in as cost of Buffalo tax break rises to $66.9 million

Wealthy developers cash in as cost of Buffalo tax break rises to $66.9 million Tax break for mixed-use development has been abused to force property owners and renters to pay taxes for luxury lofts Read More → Eyes on the Ties

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Taxpayers to Be Held Liable After SWAT Raids Innocent Family Over Growing Tomato Plants

Taxpayers to Be Held Liable After SWAT Raids Innocent Family Over Growing Tomato Plants By Matt Agorist Leawood, KS — Adlynn and Robert Harte and their two children had harmed no one and broken no laws when heavily armed militarized SWAT deputies with the Johnson County sheriff’s department stormed their home like it was an ISIS compound. The “hero” deputies were searching for evidence of marijuana production and use but they found none because the Harte’s don’t use or produce marijuana. They do grow vegetables, however, and they also drink…

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Watch as Cop Stands Up to Harassment from Fellow Cops on His Own Property — Gets Beaten, Arrested

Watch as Cop Stands Up to Harassment from Fellow Cops on His Own Property — Gets Beaten, Arrested By Jack Burns Little Rock, AR — Veteran Little Rock police officer Robert ‘Bobby’ Ward appeared to be enjoying a quiet peaceful night at his home this past summer when Sherwood police officers received a 911 call for a noise complaint. However, when the egos of the cops collided all hell broke loose. When Sherwood police officers arrived, Ward and the officers both agreed they heard no noise coming from his home…

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The Grass Gestapo Is Out of Control: 30K in Fines and Potential Foreclosure for a Too-Long Lawn

The Grass Gestapo Is Out of Control: 30K in Fines and Potential Foreclosure for a Too-Long Lawn By Dagny Taggart A few weeks ago, I noticed a woman standing in my neighbor’s yard doing something I thought was pretty damn strange: she was measuring blades of grass with a tape measure. Then I noticed the city truck parked on the street. Turns out, the woman was with codes compliance or whatever they call it…apparently, her job is to drive around looking for reasons to harass and extort people for things…

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Home Equity Theft: How a Man’s Home Was Seized Over $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes

Home Equity Theft: How a Man’s Home Was Seized Over $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes By Brittany Hunter For three years, the pair scrimped and saved in order to fix up the four-unit property. On the weekends, Ramouldo would spend his days off making the 11-hour drive from New Jersey to Michigan to work on the house, making the much-needed repairs himself. In addition to the small complex, the family had purchased a small home next door. The plan was to renovate and rent out each unit and then use that…

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To “Protect” the Town, Gov’t Fines Mother of Two $100,000 for a Dirty Pool and Tall Grass

To “Protect” the Town, Gov’t Fines Mother of Two $100,000 for a Dirty Pool and Tall Grass By Matt Agorist Dunedin, FL — When Kristi Allen received a notice from the city in the mailbox last year — telling her she owed them $103,559 — she thought it just had to be a scam. It certainly is a scam, but one being carried out by her own government and one she is legally obligated to pay or face the consequences. Her alleged “crime” to justify the fine, which was twice…

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Citizens Now Charged with a Crime for Repairing Their Own Car in Their Own Garage

Citizens Now Charged with a Crime for Repairing Their Own Car in Their Own Garage By Matt Agorist Residents in Sacramento face fines upwards of $500 for repairing their own car in their own driveway thanks to a tyrannical law. In the land of the free, every day, local governments and municipalities trample the rights of citizens to do with their own property what they wish. Over the years we’ve seen people face jail time for the length of their grass, arrested for windmills, and even ticketed for growing food.…

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Lawmakers Argue Constitution Gives Gov’t Right To Steal Your Car if You’re Caught Speeding

Lawmakers Argue Constitution Gives Gov’t Right To Steal Your Car if You’re Caught Speeding By Tyler Durden Despite losing in the United States Supreme Court, the state of Indiana is still arguing that there are virtually no Eighth Amendment limits on what it can seize using civil asset forfeiture, according to Reason. In fact, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher argued in Indiana Supreme Court last week that it would be constitutional to seize any and every car that exceeded the speed limit. It was an argument that drew laughter from the U.S. Supreme…

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Simon Saved! One Man’s Relentless Legal & PR Efforts Finally Frees His Dog Sent To “Death Row” By The Government

Simon Saved! One Man’s Relentless Legal & PR Efforts Finally Frees His Dog Sent To “Death Row” By The Government By Joe Wright Readers might remember that I reported back in January on a story in Guilford, CT where Simon, a mixed-breed dog, was taken from his owner after biting a teen who had trespassed into the property where Simon was housed.  Animal Control immediately seized Simon, locked him up for 18 months and was scheduled to euthanize him. I reported about local activists who had mobilized in an effort…

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