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The Problem With Allen Park

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Published on Apr 12, 2012

It is something that has been on the minds of many in the broke city of Allen Park.

Public Act 4, Michigan's law for taking over a financially troubled local unit of government.

Allen Parks troubles deepened when it purchased, without voter approval, the site of an old Visteon plant to turn into a movie studio.

The city was hoping to cash in on a recent state law that required taxpayers to foot up 42 percent of the expenses of movies shot in the state. The studio never materialized.

The city paid nearly 30 million dollars for the property. Last spring, it was worth about half of that. Taxpayers are now stuck with the property and its debt.

The city is asking voters to approve a tax increase this May. Some residents think its time the city's unions to give in.

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