District tax officials have made hundreds of mistakes in recent years by declaring homeowners delinquent even after they paid their taxes, forcing them to fight for their properties in court, sometimes for years. The errors have stunned property owners across the city — many of them elderly and poor. Daisy Dolsey, 95, lost her home over a $44.79 shortfall at the tax office even though her niece said she paid the tax bill.
Daisy Dolsey, 95, a former church choir leader who now struggles with Alzheimer’s disease in a nursing home, lost her Northeast Washington house over a $44.79 tax debt. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post Buy Photo