PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Oakland County says it will stop collecting a tax for the Detroit Institute of Arts if any museum art is sold to pay creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy.
Voters in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties last year approved a property tax to support the Detroit museum in exchange for free admission. DIA art could be vulnerable in a bankruptcy because Detroit holds it.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson supports the action taken Tuesday by a five-member board that administers the museum tax in his county. He says the DIA's art must be untouched.
The DIA doesn't believe the art can be sold to satisfy city debt. Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr says he doesn't want to sell the art but was obligated to get an appraisal.