"The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called "ownership" is only by virtue of Government, i.e. law, amounting to mere user; and use must be in accordance with law, and subordinate to the necessities of the State."
A disabled Kalamazoo County, Michigan mother, who believed to have paid for her home in cash in 2010, missed a single property tax bill amounting to less than $2,000. This resulted in a swift government seizure in which the county assessor's office sent the note to the auction block for sale and it was sold for over $80,000 in profit for the county. Deborah and her children have now been forced to relocate. She was not notified of the actions to be taken by the county before they occurred. The county is now saying there is nothing they can do from a legal standpoint to reverse the process, so that Deborah can get her life back on track.
In 2010, Deborah purchased her home in Michigan "free and clear" meaning she has had no more mortgage to pay, however; we are still obligated to pay property taxes as a part of our debt to the British Crown since the days of the French-Indian Conflict. On the bright side, at least a bunch of redcoats didn't burn her house down with her, her family, and her possessions still inside as they did to tenants in the 18th century.