Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree should extend the current moratorium on county property foreclosures through 2021, civil rights advocates said Wednesday.

The Coalition for Property Tax Justice said the pause in foreclosures should continue through the end of next year because of the economic stress on homeowners caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic and overassessed properties in the county’s largest city, Detroit. 

Eric Sabree, Wayne County Treasurer. (Photo: Wayne County Treasurer’s office, Wayne County Treasurer’s office,)

The Coalition for Property Tax Justice held a virtual news  conference Wednesday, urging Sabree to go back to the Wayne County Circuit Court to get additional permission to halt all foreclosures through next year. He had received the court’s permission in mid-March to stop the process through 2020.

Sabree wanted the court order