Voters in Southeast Michigan decided Tuesday to continue to pay taxes to support the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
The millage renewal passed handily in the tri-county area. Wayne and Oakland County residents both passed it 76% to 24%. Macomb County went 62% to 38%, according to unofficial returns, with 100% reporting.
“We’re really changing people’s lives and becoming a tool for the community and doing exactly what the DIA should be doing which is being a place for everyone,” DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons said on WDET-FM.
The .2 millage renewal was leading Tuesday night, as the Advance reported. Residents pay $15 a year for a home valued at $150,000. Some anti-tax activists argued it was unfair to put the renewal up before it was ready to expire in 2022, especially when Democrats were expected to turn out in high numbers — which they did — for the presidential primary.
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) has introduced the “Art Institute Authorities Act,” which would bar millage renewals prior to a year before expiration, as the Advance previously reported. No action has been taken on the bill.