Southaven Mayor Greg Davis says he hasn't heard from the state auditor's office in months in regard to his audit and investigation. In the meantime, Davis says he is pushing ahead with plans to strengthen the City of Southaven with a budget that is more than balanced. Davis is prepared to go before the Southaven Board of Alderman this Tuesday and present what he says is the strongest budget in the city's history.
"The good news is we've been talking about sales tax and the growth that has been going on in the city,...we will have a minimum of a 3 percent pay raise across the board to all of our city employees, a very strong surplus budget, not using any of that money to fund this year or next year's projects, and over a million dollars in our street and ditch fund, which is twice as much as we have started off on any budget year," claims Davis.
Davis says the budget does include a 3 percent pay raise for all city employees also he says all of the department heads across the city will be getting what they want on their wish lists, and the city he says is paying off debt, and paying in cash.
"No cuts, no tax increases and pay raises and being able to spend several hundred thousand dollars on capital investments," touts Davis.
He says taxpayers should be happy as should city employees as the city he says is seeing its strongest year fiscally in its history and will have an incredible surplus of cash.
"I will say we should have in the double digit millions, and obviously this will be the first time we have ever had that kind of surplus in the city's history."