DIA Millage Renewal Passes In Wayne, Oakland And Macomb Counties

The millage supports several free programs, including field trips for students.

WWJ News
March 10, 2020 - 11:54 pm
Detroit Institute Of Arts

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties have approved the renewal of the County Art Institute Authority Millage, which supports the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

The millage renewal rate of 0.2 mills, which will go into effect when the current millage expires in 2022, will cost an estimated $15 a year for a home valued at $150,000, officials say.

The millage supports free field trips and free transportation for 80,000 students each year, as well as free weekly programs for seniors, including free bus transportation for groups. Residents of the three counties also receive unlimited free general admission.

“I’d like to thank the residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties for voting yes for the DIA,” DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons said in a statement. "The DIA millage renewal will ensure the museum can continue offering free field trips and free transportation to tens of thousands of students from local schools each year and free programming for local seniors. The millage also ensures free access to the DIA’s unique collection of art, culture and history for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents."

With more than 80% of precincts reporting in Oakland County, roughly 250,000 voters had voted in favor of the renewal, while about 80,000 were against it. In Macomb County, the measure was passing by a vote of 64.9% to 35.1%, with roughly 35% of precincts reporting.

In Wayne County, the renewal was passing by better than 75%, with just under half of the precincts reporting.

“The DIA is a true cultural treasure and we thank the voters of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties for renewing their support for this renowned institution that gives one-of-a-kind access to art, culture and history,” DIA board chair Eugene A. Gargaro said in a statement. “We also want to thank our amazing team of volunteers and supporters who made phone calls, did mailings, put up lawn signs, and worked tirelessly to spread the message of why the DIA is part of what makes our community a great place to live, work and raise a family.”