John Ball Zoo

2016 Millage Proposal

The John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum Millage successfully passed on November 8, 2016.  Thank you to our community.  

The 2016 millage established dedicated funding for the care of animals and artifacts,  provided enhanced educational programs and funds for the repair and renovation of exhibits.

Facts about the Millage

  • This proposal created a dedicated source of funding for these publicly owned institutions.
  • It is a 10-year, .44 millage that starts in 2016 and ends in 2025.
  • 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.