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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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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2 Responses to Alms for the poor…critters

    • songdogmi says:

      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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