Knollenberg: New tax checkoffs will help enable funding for Royal Oak memorial

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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing organizations to use income tax checkoffs for donations made toward creating a World War II memorial in Royal Oak, said Sen. Marty Knollenberg, sponsor of one of the bills.

Senate Bills 816, sponsored by Knollenberg, and 817, sponsored by Sen. Steven Bieda, create a funding mechanism for the World War II Legacy Memorial in Royal Oak and allow the state to accept contributions from taxpayers.

“The World War II Legacy Memorial will honor the 620,000 Michigan residents who served in the armed forces overseas and at home during World War II and provide a lasting tribute to the 15,458 service members who lost their lives,” said Knollenberg, R-Troy. “The voluntary donations do not impact the state budget, yet they can help the World War II Legacy Fund enable those who defended our freedom to receive an appropriate monument in their honor here in our community.”

Proposed plans for the $3 million memorial include statues to honor soldiers; pillars to represent Michigan’s contributions to the war effort; a walkable and interactive map with military, commercial and government points of interest; and an amphitheater.

The memorial will provide a year-round multi-purpose destination that tells Michigan’s unique story and encourages visitors to both commemorate and celebrate their freedom.

SBs 816 and 817 are now Public Acts 256 and 257 of 2018.