Review team says Allen Park needs emergency manager

Aug 12, 2012

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - A team responsible for reviewing Allen Park's finances says Gov. Snyder should appoint an emergency manager to run the city southwest of Detroit.

The review team cited the city's deficit, $1 million in delinquent vendor payments, delayed pension payments and significant cash flow shortages. The city also had not filed an approved deficit-elimination plan for the 2011 fiscal year.

The review team also determined City Council is "manifestly dysfunctional."

Snyder appointed the review team last month and a report was due within 60 days.

Mayor William Matakas tells the Detroit Free Press he was"surprised" by the quick decision and "disappointed" by the findings. He says the city still could avoid a state takeover.

Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says Snyder has 30 days to make a decision.