Detroit Public Schools will not have to pay back property taxes it collected without voter approval from 2002 through 2004, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled last week.

The decision means that the cash-strapped school district will not have to repay nearly $260 million to taxpayers after it was sued by Detroit-based Briggs Tax Service LLC last year. The high court said Briggs and other taxpayers were not entitled to a refund because the class-action lawsuit was not filed within the required 30-day limit.

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