Michigan lawmaker 'outraged' over zoo tax diversion

There are 2 comments on the Jan 25, 2013, Detroit Free Press story titled Michigan lawmaker 'outraged' over zoo tax diversion. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

A state lawmaker from Oakland County said she plans to introduce legislation that would force all communities in southeast Michigan to render to the Detroit Zoo all taxes that's collected under its millage.

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confused

Detroit, MI

#1 Jan 25, 2013
This is exactly why citizens should not vote fer these millages for these institutions. This proves the way of collection and distribution of these funds is corrupt similar to many fiascos in Wayne county and other cities and counties in USA. These millages aren't intended for pay raises and other ridiculous perks. What is a breakdown of how these local tax dollars r spent? Folks don't vote fer these in future.if well to do citizens want to donate let them but don't require every Joe blow to fund it. I have never been to zoo or CIA or many others. Creative ways of funding r the key.and for a decade? Please!
Pete

Livonia, MI

#2 Jan 26, 2013
confused wrote:
This is exactly why citizens should not vote fer these millages for these institutions. This proves the way of collection and distribution of these funds is corrupt similar to many fiascos in Wayne county and other cities and counties in USA. These millages aren't intended for pay raises and other ridiculous perks. What is a breakdown of how these local tax dollars r spent? Folks don't vote fer these in future.if well to do citizens want to donate let them but don't require every Joe blow to fund it. I have never been to zoo or CIA or many others. Creative ways of funding r the key.and for a decade? Please!
The breakdown of how these moneys are spent is clear. They are spent on downtown development. That includes such things as sidewalks with pavers and seating benches, shrubs and railings, etc. But the money doesn't belong to these DDA's. Macomb and Oakland counties have refused to steal the money like Wayne.

PS. I have never been to the CIA either. I have been to the zoo and DIA.

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