Lawn signs get wild for Detroit Zoo millage renewal


ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties can now show their support for the Detroit Zoo millage renewal by placing pictures of their favorite zoo animals on their front lawn.

In support of the Detroit Zoo millage renewal, "Renew the Zoo" will distribute signs displaying images of penguins, frogs and tigers.

The sign reads “Renew for the Zoo – Vote Yes August 2.” Signs will be distributed at the parking lot on the east side of Woodward Avenue at I-696 in Royal Oak on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.  

The limit is one sign per household.                                                                                               

The millage renewal asks voters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to renew a one-tenth millage property tax for 10 years to support the Detroit Zoo.

Property taxes will not increase from the current rate if the renewal is approved. For homeowners whose homes are worth $200,000, the cost remains $10 a year. 

About one-third of the Detroit Zoo’s $35 million annual costs are covered by the millage. The tax money is used for operations and maintenance of the zoo’s 125-acre campus.