Southaven mayor still owes $120,000

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) - Southaven's Board of Aldermen met Tuesday for the first time since Mayor Greg Davis missed the deadline to pay back more than $170,000 in travel expenses.

Davis said he plans to write a substantial check by the end of the week, something he was supposed to have done by last Friday.

Davis turned in $44,000 in receipts to validate the expenses, including $18,000 in liquor purchases. Ten of the receipts appeared to be legitimate according to the Mississippi State Auditor's Office which requested additional information.

That means Davis still owes approximately $120,000. Davis said many people are showing support for him by opening their wallets.

"There's a group of people who've started a bank account," he said. "I think they call it Operation Rescue."

MIssissippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering ordered Davis reimburse the city $170,000 for travel and other expenses deemed inappropriate - a substantial amount of which was due last Friday.

Tuesday, Davis said he would be dipping into the so-called rescue account, in which he claims more than $50,000 dollars have been deposited by constituents who remain in his corner.

"They've seen what we've done for the city and believe in what we've done," he said.

But not everyone agrees. Maria Ferry was doing her holiday shopping Tuesday at Fred's - without an expense account.

"That's his debt, not my debt," she said. "He got himself into that situation."

She and others believe the mayor alone should be responsible for settling up with the city, though it appears many in the city disagree..

"There's nothing more rewarding than the individuals I've served to have stepped up to the plate," Davis said.

Several members of the board of aldermen expected to be provided copies of certain receipts during Tuesday night's meeting.

The city will be liable for any money the mayor is unable to pay back.

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