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DIA proposal on 3 Michigan county Aug. ballots raises questions

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Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties will see a similar proposal from the Detroit Institute of Arts on its Aug. 7, 2012 ballot.

Critics and the DIA have been debating with each other on whether citizens should be funding art museums and zoos in the Detroit area.

Some say the Detroit-owned 127-year-old art museum is one of the region's cultural gems and should be supported financially, while others believe there are more important issues for counties to be worrying about.

The language of the millage has been depicted by its critics as ambiguous and deceiving because of its language. The proposal may look as if it supports and funds a county-specific facility, but it is in fact for the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Each proposal is almost identical in its wording besides customizing its name for each of the three specific counties.

The Macomb County Art Institute Authority Millage will read as follows on the August ballot:

The Macomb County Art Institute Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 and formed to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Macomb County.  The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose.  Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021?  It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $4,877,863.36 in 2012.

The Oakland County Art Institute Authority Millage will read as follows on the August ballot:

The Oakland County Art Institute Authority established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Oakland County.  The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose.  Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of Oakland County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $9,847,191 in 2012.

The Wayne County Art Institute Authority Millage will read as follows on the August ballot:

The Wayne County Art Institute Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 296 of 2010 and formed to allow for continuing support of art institute services for the students, residents and visitors of Wayne County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.2 mill (20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an art institute services provider for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing art institute services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.2 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2012 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $8,284,722 in 2012.


Information in this article was found from the Michigan Voter Information Center, the Oakland Press and the Wayne County Commissioner's web site.

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