EXCLUSIVE POLL: Metro Detroit supports DIA millage

(WXYZ) - The future of the Detroit Institute of Arts will be in the hands of Southeast Michigan voters on Tuesday, August 7. 

A new EPIC MRA poll released exclusively to Channel 7 and the Detroit Free Press finds that a total of 71 percent support a proposal to increase property taxes by two tenths of a mil over 10 years to fund what is often called a Detroit jewel.  That would cost the owner of a home with a $100,000 market value, and a $50,000 taxable value about $10 a year. 

If the proposal is approved in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, about $23 million a year will be generated to keep the DIA in business.  Those who live in the counties that approve the millage would be able to visit the museum for free although that language is not on the ballot.

County by county support of the proposal is pretty close in numbers. Seventy-four percent in Wayne say they'll vote for the millage, 75 percent in Oakland, and 60 percent in Macomb. Opposition in those same counties registers at 21 percent, 19 percent, and 38 percent, respectively. The Michigan Taxpayers Alliance is one group urging a no vote. 

A strong coalition of supporters of the DIA proposal say the millage would help fill the annual shortfall caused by ongoing cutbacks in state funding.  The museum has an annual budget of $25 million. 

The survey interviewed 237 people in the tri-county area between July 24 – 31.  It has a plus or minus margin of error of 6.4 percent. 

Poll results:


On August 7 th, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties will consider a proposal to increase property taxes by two tenths of a mill to provide new funding for the Detroit Institute of Arts. If approved by voters in all three counties, $23 million dollars per year would be generated for the services and activities of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The property tax increase would be effective from 2012 through 2021. Residents of each county that approves the millage increase would be able to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts for free, while all others would be required to pay an admission fee. For every $100,000 of market value or, in other words, $50,000 of taxable value, property taxes on homes would increase by $10 per year. Knowing this, if the election were held today, would you vote YES to approve of the proposed tax increase, or, would you vote NO to oppose it?


  • Yes – 71%
  • No – 25%
  • Undecided/Refused to answer -4%

Wayne County

  • Yes – 74%
  • No – 21%
  • Undecided/Refused to answer – 5%

Oakland County

  • Yes – 75%
  • No – 19%
  • Undecided/Refused to answer – 6%

Macomb County

  • Yes – 60%
  • No – 38%
  • Undecided/Refused to answer – 2%
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