By Charles Sercombe
This could be a potential game changer in the mayoral election.
On Friday (Aug. 9), three days after Tuesday’s Primary Election, it came to The Review’s attention that leading mayoral candidate, Abdul Algazali, is apparently behind two years in property taxes for two buildings he owns on Jos. Campau.
According to the Wayne County Treasurer’s online site, for the years 2011 and 2012 Algazali owes a total of $9,498 for his building at 9222 Jos. Campau.
He owes another $2,819 for the same years at 8557 Jos. Campau.
Both properties are “subject to foreclosure,” according to the county.
You can look up the information at http://www.waynecounty.com/treasurer/
Once you get to the page, scroll down to the box that says “pay property taxes” and click on online. You will then be asked two questions and hit “enter site” on the first page that comes up and “accept disclaimer” on the next page that appears.
Once you get to the address finder page, type in the street address and for the street name type: jos campau (with no period after jos).
So, how does any of this potentially alter the mayor’s race?
According to the City Charter, on page 11, Section 6-08, any elected official who is in default to the city will have their election votes be termed “void.”
The Review is in the process of finding out exactly how this will play out, legally, and left a message with the city attorney, who was out of the office when a call for comment was placed Friday afternoon.
Algazali, who is a member of city council and is mayor pro tem, could not be reached for comment.
Section 6-08 says:
“No person shall be elected or appointed to any office who is a defaulter to the City or to any board, or office, or department thereof, or to any school district, county, or other municipal corporation of the State, now or heretofore existing. All votes for the election or appointment of any such defaulter shall be void.”
The Review is also going to confirm the county’s online information on Monday at the Treasurer’s Office.
Another lingering question is, if Algazali’s election results are thrown out, does that mean the third-place finisher, John Ulaj, automatically moves up to the number two spot to face-off with Mayor Karen Majewski in the November General Election ballot?
(Disclaimer: John Ulaj is the owner of The Review.)
Algazali, a chiropractor, has consistently voted against tax and fee increase proposals while on council, and in his campaign literature for the primary election prominently mentioned that.
Stay tuned readers, we will have more to come on Monday.
August 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Behind in paying property taxes is not the same as “defaulting”.
August 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm
If I were a betting person I would bet a ton that those absentee votes for Mayor were for Algazali. Something stinks here in this election. We need an investigation !! What is the average absentee voter rate for Hamtramck.
Is Algazeli really who he says he is. Time for some background check I’d say .
August 10, 2013 at 1:31 am
A Ulaj who ran for a Mayoral seat and a broker can’t distinguish between “defaulter” and ” late taxes”. Are you kidding me? you are trying to be a Mayor! before that you need to have at least a base. Is that what you stayed digging for last three nights? to trick some people with some info from the county website.
Wow. Can any one expect Ulaj to be a Mayor for the city while calling a majority of people of hamtramck DUM and don’t need their votes.
August 10, 2013 at 6:38 am
This will make Karen stronger and will embarrass Ulaj with next election vote count :/
August 11, 2013 at 1:12 am
I really think wanna be mayor Ulaj should go on with his life because after we all saw his attitude and his personality during his election campaign i don’t think he would ever get that number of votes again…… I wonder if the Hamtramck Review investigates Ulajs records, what would they find?
PS. I forgot the Hamtramck Review is owned by wanna be mayor Ulaj
August 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Amin apparently you have no idea what deafaulter means but here you go the defintion for you since u don’t know how to use a dictnary Noun
A person who fails to fulfill a duty, obligation, or undertaking, esp. to pay a debt.
Look at the last part of the defintion you go john clean the city up don’t need people who can’t pay taxes running a city