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Museum objects to millage ban bankruptcy bill

By: The Associated Press
May 22, 2014 Updated: May 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is raising objections to Detroit bankruptcy legislation that would prohibit the renewal of a property tax millage that provides the museum $23 million a year.

The Republican-controlled Michigan House voted 66-44 Thursday to prohibit the renewal of a 10-year, three-county property tax millage to support operations at the museum.

The museum says it's "deeply concerned" House members are willing to "limit the citizens' right to decide."

Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Wayne counties approved the millage to support the museum in 2012. A nonprofit corporation operates the museum, but the city owns the building and collection.

The museum has committed to raise $100 million over 20 years to join the state and foundations in the art and pension rescue.

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