Voters in three Michigan counties agreed Tuesday to a slight property-tax increase aimed at bringing financial stability to the prestigious but long-strapped Detroit Institute of Arts, says the Detroit Free Press.
The proposed “millage” passed by wide margins in Wayne and Oakland counties and with a razor-thin majority in Macomb County, which had been locus of campaigning by museum supporters.
The 10-year increase will raise payments for homeowners in the three jurisdictions by about $20 a year for a home with a $200,000 market value. It is expected to bring about $23-million a year to the institute, which over the past 20 years has lost all its state support, leaving it reliant on private contributions to finance daily operations.
Institute officials had warned a defeat of the millage would force the museum to slash educational programs and exhibitions. They have said they would use the new tax infusion to cover operating costs while building the museum’s endowment.