DIA will ask counties to renew 10-year millage on March 2020 ballot

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 14:27:29-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Institute of Arts will ask voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to renew a 10-year millage after originally saying they wouldn't need to.

According to the DIA, the board voted to request the Art Institute Authorities in all three counties to place a millage renewal on the March 10, 2020 ballot. Voters first approved the 0.2 millage in 2012.

In Oakland and Wayne counties, voters overwhelmingly approved the millage, while it barely passed in Macomb County with 50.5 percent of the vote.

With the passage, people in all three counties got free general admission, and it provided for free field trip sand free transportation to tends of thousands students from hundreds of schools and more.

"The millage renewal will allow the DIA to continue to offer free educational opportunities to students in our local schools, provide free professional development to more than 1,500 teachers annually, and offer the region access to unique history and culture that can’t be found on TV, online or in books," the museum said.