DIA Millage Facts – Vote is Aug 7

DIA Millage Facts

(Provided by DIA, Ferndale 115 News, July 23, 2012)

The DIA, The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward, Detroit)  is seeking a millage in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties.

The proposed millage rate is 0.2 mils

It would cost homeowners approximately $15 per year for every $150,00 of a home’s fair market value.

The DIA will provide free general admission any time for all residents of approving counties – a value well in excess of the small amount paid per household.  It currently costs a household with two adults and two children $24 for general admission.

The millage vote takes place on August 7, 2012.

The millage would provide $23 million per year:  $10 million in Oakland, $8 million in Wayne and $5 million in Macomb.

In 2009 the DIA reduced its workforce by nearly 20% (more than 60 full and part time positions), and reduced its total operating budget by $9 million, achieving as many cost efficiencies as possible before requesting public support.

The DIA has an annual unrestricted operating budget of $25 million.

The DIA receives no financial support from the State of Michigan.

Public Support for the DIA would contribute to the economic health of the tri-county area.  ArtServe Michigan confirms that for every $1 invested in nonprofit arts and cultural groups in 2009, those organizations pumped $51 back into Michigan’s economy through spending on rent, programs, travel and salaries.

For other stories on the DIA see:








For other Voter Information, see http://oaklandcounty115.com/category/voter_info/.

Also learn more at the DIA Website – http://www.dia.org/.


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