Voters in state-managed Allen Park reject new tax

Published On: Nov 07 2012 08:43:38 PM EST
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -

Voters in state-managed Allen Park have rejected a proposed property tax increase to pay for operations in the Detroit suburb.

The state appointed Joyce Parker on Oct. 25 to run Allen Park's finances after the city went into debt over a failed movie studio project.

Allen Park voters rejected a 4-mill tax increase Tuesday, 54 percent to 46 percent. It would have cost the owner of a $150,000 house about $300 a year. It failed 7,560 to 6,366.

Voters also made it harder to sell bonds that are backed by the city's taxing authority. A city charter amendment passed 78 percent to 22 percent, or 10,462 to 2,979.

Allen Park issued bonds in 2009 to buy land for the studio. The city now faces annual $2 million debt service payments.

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