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Wayne County Communities Sue Over Tax Money

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DETROIT (AP) – Some Wayne County communities are suing over whether they can hold back millage money that voters approved for the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court names the county treasurer.

Since 2008, more than 30 communities in Wayne County have held back nearly $800,000 in money collected for the zoo. Voters that year in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties passed the zoo tax. No zoo funds from Macomb and Oakland counties have been redirected.

The museum millage was approved in November by voters in all three counties.

Wayne County Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz says he’s “convinced … these taxes should benefit the zoo and the art institute.”

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