Allen Park Voters Say Yes To Police Funding, No To Studio Debt

Residents in Allen Park voted to increase funding for public safety but did not want to spend more to pay off a failed film studio. Mayor-elect William Matakas says he ran for office because he could create what he called a serious plan to solve the financial problems in Allen Park. That trumped a challenge from former Councilman David Babbage, who touted his past government experience. And Matakas will have more budget room to work with after voters approved an additional three-and-a-half mills to help cover police and fire service for the next five years. But that’s offset by continuing debt from a failed film studio deal. Voters turned down a millage that would have supported bonds to help pay off the studio.