Southaven, MS (abc24.com) – The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office said it is looking into more questionable spending involving Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.
The Auditor’s Office said it has uncovered proof that Mayor Davis paid $1,000 to Bully Bloc, a political action committee in support of Mississippi State University. The state auditor said Mayor Davis then was reimbursed by the city for the Bully Bloc donation.
“Essentially, the taxpayers were participating in these activities through the reimbursement to the mayor,” Lisa Shoemaker, with the auditor’s office, told abc24.com.
“It is no different than the mayor making a political contribution to a candidate and the taxpayers paying for that. It is not allowed under the Mississippi Constitution,” said Shoemaker.
“Well, we will answer them if it does come out, I haven't heard that yet,” Davis told abc24.com when asked about the revelation.
It comes on the same day the Southaven Board of Alderman voted to beef-up polices regarding travel and reimbursement.
“Detailed expenses from this day forward and that is what the auditor asked us to do, and that is what we put in place,” said Alderman Ricky Jobes.
The new rules create checks and balances for all travel and reimbursements.
At the same meeting, Davis said he continues to assemble receipts, as he faces an early-December deadline to pay the state auditor more than $170,000 related to questionable reimbursements related to meals, travel and a trip to an Arizona counseling center.
The state auditor’s office said it has yet to receive any receipts, and a criminal investigation into the Mayor’s spending was on-going.