Vote “YES” on the Detroit Institute of Arts Millage, Tuesday, August 7th!

Vote “YES” on the Detroit Institute of Arts Millage, Tuesday, August 7th!

DIA Millage Art Is For Everyone Flyer IWe here at I Love Detroit Michigan strive to remain apolitical …. but some issues force us to take a side. One such issue will be voted upon in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties on Tuesday, August 7th. The Detroit Institute of Arts is asking Tri-County residents to approve a 10-year, .2 mill levy to replace public and private funding that has dried up in the wake the last half-decade’s national recession. If passed, this proposed millage will cost Tri-County homeowners, on average, approximately ONE EXTRA DOLLAR for every $10,000 of their home’s market value. To us, the proposed Detroit Institute of Arts millage seems a RIDICULOUSLY small price to pay for both the continued financial solvency of one of Southeast Michigan’s cultural crown jewels AND the FREE ADMISSION it will afford every resident in the counties in which the millage is passed for the NEXT TEN YEARS!

According to our crack team of researchers, the words “Detroit Institue of Arts” or “museum” won’t be included in the phrasing of the proposed millage upon your ballot. We’re told the Oakland County ballot will read as follows:

DIA Millage Art Is For Everyone Flyer IIIThe Oakland 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  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 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.

Peruse our image album below to see a sample of how your ballot will appear in Oakland County. Similar phrasing will appear upon the ballots of voters in both Wayne and Macomb County, as well. So don’t be confused, friends. Although they’re not mentioned here, this proposal is intended to support the DIA and definitely will if passed.

We encourage our readers in all three counties to click the links below, read more about this very important vote, and vote “YES” on the Detroit Institute of Arts millage, more technically known as the County Art Institute Authority millage, on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012!! ~I♥DM

1. Metro Times – “For Art’s Sake” (July 25, 2012)

2. Detroit Free Press – “The push for a millage: Detroit Institute of Arts’ past puts its future in jeopardy” (July 22, 2012)

3. Detroit Free Press -“A host of voices, all saying yes to the DIA” (July 22, 2012)

4. Detroit Free Press – “Love affair with the DIA goes back to childhood” (July 22, 2012)

5. Detroit News – “Vote yes on DIA millage” (July 22,2012)

6. Detroit Free Press – “Don’t let the DIA shut down” (July 22, 2012)

7. Detroit News – “Commentary: Why Wayne supports the DIA millage” (July 21, 2012)

8. Grosse Pointe News – “DIA on the line” (July 19, 2012)

9. Michigan Radio – “Funding the Arts” (July 16, 2012)

10. HuffPost Detroit – “Keep the DIA open” (July 13, 2012)

11. DBusiness – “Detroit Institute of Arts’ Ballot Initiative: Need Public Funds” (July 9, 2012)

12. Comcast Newsmakers – “Conversation with DIA Board Chairman Gene Gargaro” (May 2012)

13. WDET – “DIA Director Graham Beal on Upcoming Millage Vote” (May 30, 2012)

14. The News-Herald: The Voice of Downriver – “EDITORIAL: DIA millage worth our support” (July 28, 2012)

15. Detroit Free Press – “DIA millage Q&A” (July 22, 2012)

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Dale Carlson

Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.