I’m a Republican, And I’m Voting For a Tax for the Detroit Zoo

Well, this is a decision that wasn’t exactly easy for me to make, but now that I’ve made it, I’m confident that I  made the right decision.  I have decided that I will vote for the 0.1 mill to help fund the Detroit Zoo (a copy of the proposals can be found below).  The zoo is located in Oakland County.  The mill would be imposed for 10 years, from 2008 through 2017.  If it passes, it is expected to raise a total of $14,968,031.11 if it passes in all 3 counties, as it is expected to.  It would cost a taxpayer with a $200,000 home (market value) about $10.  And that’s the main reason I voted for it: it’s a low tax, but it’ll help the zoo, which is loved by many in the area, and it’s in financial trouble.  If, down the road, it recovers, they may not need the money.

Zogby International did a poll for the zoo officials, and the results were that it would pass in all 3 counties,  with 71% supporting int in Wayne County, 70% in Oakland County, and 65% in Macomb County.  The sample was 300 likely voters in Wayne, 303 in Oakland, and 302 in Macomb, with a margin of error of +/- 5.8%.

WAYNE COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL AUTHORITY

The Wayne County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008, and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of the County of Wayne. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real property and personal property to provide revenue for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.1 mill on all taxable property located within the County of Wayne be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2008 through 2017. It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage will generate approximately $5,299,640.48 in 2008.

or

OAKLAND COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL AUTHORITY

The Oakland County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008, and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of Oakland County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.1 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2008 through 2017. It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage will generate approximately $6,474,597.63 in 2008.

or

MACOMB COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL AUTHORITY MILLAGE

The Macomb County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008 and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of Macomb County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax of not more than 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on real and personal property to provide revenue to an accredited zoological institution for this purpose. Accordingly, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall a 0.1 mill on all of the taxable property located within the County be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2008 through 2017? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this new millage would generate approximately $3,193,793 in 2008.

I’m usually not one for taxes, but I think that it’s worth it here.  I’d encourage everybody in the Tri-Counties area to vote for this proposal in the August 5th Primary.

Done Endorsing,

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3 Responses to “I’m a Republican, And I’m Voting For a Tax for the Detroit Zoo”

  1. Michiganders: Don’t Forget to Vote Today! « Republican Ranting Says:

    […] Michiganders: Don’t Forget to Vote Today! Michiganders, today is your primary election!  I don’t know about you, but we’ve got lots of fun stuff to vote on down here in Wayne County (ok, not really, on the Republican side, there’s 2 contested races, but on the Democrats’ side it seems like there’s more candidates than voters; also, there’s a vote on a 0.1 mill for the Detroit Zoo)! […]

  2. softwareNerd Says:

    The zoo is a nice place, and we enjoyed it a lot while our son was the right age. We were even members for some years. Even if one does not use it, $10-$15 a year is a small amount, and it is nice to have it around: for instance when people come to visit. If I knew it was a matter of the zoo’s existence, I would probably be willing to donate more than that: maybe $25 or $50 for the year.

    However, not as a tax. When I vote for a tax, I am saying that the government should use its force to extract money from my neighbor. If this money is for essential governmental functions, like the police, that is one thing; however, when the tax is for prettying up the community, then Ben Franklin’s approach is the moral one: volunteer and donate with a group of like-minded people. If I forced my neighbor to give $10 to the zoo, that would be force — an indirect form of thievery. I could rationalize that other people do it, and push their own pet causes — but, two wrongs do not make a right!

    Therefore, I voted against the zoo millage.

    PS: I’m not sure what being Republican has to do with it. The days when the GOP was a supporter of low government spending are way in the past. now, the difference is that the Dems want to tax people and spend it, while the GOP wants to spend without raising taxes.

  3. inkslwc Says:

    Normally I’d whole-heartedly agree. And I agree with the principal. The reason I voted for this was to help jump start the zoo, because Detroit pretty much killed it when they ran it. Whether or not the zoo recovers or not in 10 years, I’ll vote against the tax (when it’s up for expiration).

    The GOP needs to go back to those days. FDR’s introduction of mass-welfare has had detrimental effects on the nation. We need to go back to the days when we weren’t giving out crap to whoever needed it. At one point, that was what churches did, but now that has become the government’s job (in some people’s minds).

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