Detroit Art Museum Objects to Bankruptcy Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Institute of Arts is raising objections to Detroit bankruptcy legislation that would prohibit the renewal of a property tax millage that provides the museum $23 million a year.

The museum says it's pleased a House committee approved bills Wednesday to provide $195 million in state money to protect retiree pensions and shield city-owned art from being sold. But it says it's "deeply concerned" House members are willing to "limit the citizens' right to decide."

Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Wayne counties approved a 10-year millage to support the museum in 2012. A nonprofit corporation operates the museum, but the city owns the building and collection.

The museum has committed to raise $100 million over 20 years to join the state and foundations in the art and pension rescue.


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