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Alms for the poor...critters

In case anyone is getting their Detroit-area news from me alone, here's a follow-up from Tuesday's election: we passed the "zoo tax" by overwhelming margins in all three counties of the immediate metro area. This will give the Detroit Zoo $15 million for the annual budget (the rest of the budget comes from zoo admissions and gifts). The average homeowner (defined as owning a $200,000 home) will pay about $10 per year more. (See Detroit Free Press article from Aug. 6, 2008.)

We all should be glad it passed. The thought of a red panda on the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in downtown Royal Oak with a tin cup, looking sadly up at passers-by and hoping for a handout, was hard to take.

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hellmutt
Aug. 10th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
That's cool.
songdogmi
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Sometimes, voters do the right thing. It's kind of surprising that we voted to raise our taxes, because times are kind of tough now, but it's such a small increase it won't really hurt much.
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