Potter Park Zoo millage renewal passes with 70 percent of vote
Update: With 100 percent of the votes in as of 10:15 a.m., the millage renewal passes with 76.50 percent of votes for the millage and 23.50 percent of votes against.
In a noncompetitive race, the Potter Park Zoo millage renewal passed by more than 70 percent.
The renewal will be in effect for the next five years, providing about $2.8 million for the operations at Potter Park Zoo.
Regarding the good news for the zoo, Potter Park Zoo’s education curator Dennis Laidler said, “Well obviously I’m very happy, but I think it confirms the value of the zoo.”
According to a previous State News article, chairperson of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners Kara Hope said the zoo could not function without the help of the millage.
Hope said she is thankful to the Ingham County voters and happy the millage has been renewed.
“I’m grateful to the voters of Ingham County for placing their trust in us once again," Hope said. "I’m glad they value the zoo and I’m happy it passed."
Building on this, Laidler wanted to thank the voters for their continued support.
“I can speak for myself and all the people at the zoo, we really appreciate the community support, we couldn’t exist without it,” Laidler said.