June 22, 2010, - 2:28 pm
Michigan is nearly bankrupt. So is the City of Detroit. Both are deeply in debt. Both are struggling to make ends meet. And yet. And yet . . .
Say Nice Things About Detroitistan: $200K Wasted on Detroit Zoo Billboard
Somehow, the Detroit Zoo–which, while now independent, is funded in large part by taxes and grants from both the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan–has $200,000 to waste on removing all of the paint from a completely fine (and fairly new) mural on a water tower next to the zoo, cleaning it, and posting a decal of the entire mural. The water tower does not contain water and hasn’t functioned as a water storage unit for decades. It is nothing more than a billboard.
Yup, $200,000 to redo a billboard that is perfectly fine the way it is. I’ll remember that, the next time the zoo claims it doesn’t have enough money and wants yet another “arts tax” and more tax money from the state and city.
And you wonder why Detroit and Michigan are destitute. Well, part of that might be the waste and poor spending decisions by it and its institutions, like $200,000 for cleaning and redoing a mural on a water tower that needs neither.
People in Detroit and throughout Michigan are struggling to survive, wondering how they will put food on the table. And yet, there are $200,000 in public funds available to redo a zoo billboard.
Tags: Billboard, Detroit, Detroit Zoo, Michigan, Mural, tax, taxes, Water Tower