Reporting Ron Dewey
ALLEN PARK (WWJ) – A week before voters go to the polls on a pair of millage questions in Allen Park, pink slips are flying at city hall.
WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports the layoff notices are being sent to 18 police officers, 9 firefighters and a dozen or so other city employees.
The pink slips, required under a 30-day layoff notice, are part of a deficit reduction plan approved by the City Council last month, to make up for falling property values and tax revenue.
In the last three years, a typical Allen Park home lost 26 percent of its value. With that, the city is asking voters next Tuesday to raise taxes in two proposals: The first, by two-and-a-half mils over five years to maintain public safety and avoid said layoffs; The second, to allow the city to levy as many mils as needed to make bond payments on the Allen Park Studio Center Property.
Both proposals would cost the average Allen Park taxpayers an additional $350 a year. Although, some jobs could be saved if voters approve one or both millage proposals.