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ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Allen Park hoped to experience economic growth from the state's booming movie industry.
However, after Unity Studios recently left the city, Allen Park is facing serious debt and is trying to avoid laying off fire and police services.
"The city is really in deep trouble and there is going to be massive layoffs with both the police and fire, and I want to fight to keep their jobs," said Dr. Robert Armstead, of Allen Park.
Armstead said he spent months going over the numbers. He said he can't believe the city is strapped for cash because it planned on the movie industry to save the day.
"There are so many people that are upset will all of this," said Armstead. "If they really knew all the facts, they'd be really upset."
In 2009, the city purchased a building for a movie studio, selling off more than $25 million in bonds.
However, Jimmy Lifton, president of Unity Studios, Oracle Post and Lifton Institute for Media Skills, did not have the financial backing he promised, the city said.
Now, Allen Park may have to make major fire and police cuts to avoid falling further in debt.
Allen Park City Council met Tuesday night to discuss moving forward.
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