Gov. declares financial emergency in Allen Park

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a financial emergency exists in the Detroit suburb of  Allen Park.

Snyder announced his decision Friday following a recommendation last month by an independent review team. The city's problems including a more than $2 million annual payment on bonds related to failed movie studio.

Allen Park  could be taken over by an emergency financial manager. City officials have 10 days to request a hearing before the administration.

Other cities with emergency financial managers are Flint, Pontiac, Ecorse and Benton Harbor.

The state suspended a law that gave managers much broader powers, including tearing up union contracts. Voters will decide whether to repeal it in November and until then Michigan is operating under a previous law in which the managers have fewer powers.

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