John Ball Zoo

2016 Millage Proposal

John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum Millage – November 8, 2016

The John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum are seeking a millage to establish dedicated funding for the care of animals and artifacts, to provide enhanced educational programs and for the repair and renovation of exhibits.

Facts about the Millage

  • This proposal will create a dedicated source of funding for these publicly owned institutions.
  • This is a 10-year, .44 millage that starts in 2016 and ends in 2025.
  • If passed, the proposal is an annual increase of $37.44 per year or $3.12 per month, for the average homeowner in Kent County.
  • All millage dollars will be split equally between both institutions and go through an independent financial audit every year.

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