Resident: "You are not the King of Tuskegee" | News
TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA)- It was an interesting city council meeting, to say the least, in Tuskegee Tuesday evening. The disputes stemmed from Mayor Johnny Ford's push to repeal two bond ordinances and the 2013 budget that the previous administration already adopted.
Many residents, and some council members, didn't understand why Ford wanted to do this. Some felt it was out of spite, but Ford says the Macon County District Attorney and a judge told him it would be wise to repeal the bonds and the budget and start over with the new administration.
One resident read a statement expressing her disapproval of these repeals. Others tried to voice their concerns, and that's when the sparks started. Mayor Ford said residents could not verbally share concerns. He even asked an officer to remove concerned citizen Dwight Davis when he started speaking.
"You are not the king of Tuskegee, and we are not your servants. I will be allowed to speak. The agenda says Citizens Communications. It does not say if it has to be written or verbal," Davis demanded.
The mayor also got into an argument with Tuskegee City Manager Alford Davis, admonishing him. "You are lecturing me," Ford said. Davis was a part of the previous administration, but has been manager for 8 years, so he was actually hired under Ford's leadership.
Ford says Davis' contract is up in December and he will proceed to find someone else. Ford explained to a WSFA 12 News reporter on scene, "You can report that as well if you'd like."
These incidents definitely took the focus off of the business at hand, but the council did vote 3-2 to repeal both bond ordinances, and they tabled the repeal for the 2013 budget for the next council meeting.
The bond ordinances were set to pay off nearly $4 million of debt to the IRS. Now that they have been repealed, council members will explore other lenders for another bond, while debt still incurs.
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