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The House has passed legislation that could increase support for museums in Detroit • Michigan Advance

By meerna Jun25,2024
The House has passed legislation that could increase support for museums in Detroit • Michigan Advance

Last week, House lawmakers approved a bill calling on Wayne County residents to vote on a new tax to create the Historic Museum Authority Act.

If the amount is approved, voters would authorize the Wayne County Board of Commissioners to establish a historic museum authority that would provide financial support to historic museums owned by the city of Detroit, according to a press release from state Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), who sponsored the bill .

Rep. Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit), May 22, 2024 (Photo by Anna Liz Nichols)

Additionally, the Detroit Historical Society—which operates the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Museum of the Great Lakes—and the Detroit Historical Museum of African American History. Charles H. Wright — will also receive funding and support.

“The committee heard testimony from leadership at both organizations about underfunding and large amounts of deferred maintenance for their museums. These cultural resources in our community deserve sustainable financial support. Thanks to these regulations, residents will be able to benefit from privileges and access to museums. “This is similar to what places like the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts are already receiving,” Carter said in a statement.

House Bill 4177 on Thursday it passed the House along party lines, winning the support of a slim majority of 56 members in the chamber while 53 Republicans voted against the bill and one member was absent and voted.

After the House passed the bill, state Rep. Mike Harris (R-Waterford) released a statement criticizing the legislation for potentially raising property taxes.

“Property taxes should support basic community services, but this proposal could require Oakland County homeowners to subsidize Detroit museums they may never visit,” Harris said.

“Taxpayers in our county already subsidize the art museum and city buses, regardless of whether we use them. You can voluntarily support historical education by paying admission to the museum or making a donation. “Oakland County residents do not need another property tax increase to pay for attractions outside our county,” he said.

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