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New laws will protect DIA and Detroit Zoo millage funding


The Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts will now get millions of dollars in tax revenues as promised from the metro region.

Several metro cities were capturing some of the revenue generated by multi-county millages voters approved to support the zoo and the museum.

The cities claimed they were allowed to by state law. A Wayne County Circuit Court decision supported that claim.

Annmarie Erickson is the Chief Operating Officer of the art museum. She credits the public’s outcry for the new legislation signed into law today. 

“These bills were honoring the voters’ intent,” says Erickson, “And we are very happy they made it through the legislature so speedily.”

Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed the bills into law. Governor Snyder is on a trade mission to Israel.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story said metro cities were "skimming" the revenue generated by the millages. That word implies the act was criminal, which a court has determined it was not. The story below has been updated and we regret the error.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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