SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Southaven residents speak up and show up. The group "Concerned Citizens of Southaven" was organized a few months after a state audit and investigation into Mayor Greg Davis. Members are an active new voice in city politics, but they aren't pleased that residents' attendance at city meetings is dropping off.
The organization's leaders are re-grouping hoping to boost participation. The group took a hit when its petition to remove Davis from office was deemed unlawful by the state attorney general.
They don't think support from Southaven citizens is waning, but with fewer people filling seats at city meetings, it looks that way.
"There are issues that are ongoing. We need to show our alderman and our mayor that we are still involved," says founder Linda Temple. When she started the group, residents signed up quickly, wanting answers and to get involved in city politics, especially how the city's money is being spent.
Now, a few months later, that fire has died down.
"We're hoping to re-strike and have the enthusiasm that we had initially." Temple's still going strong, but she's noticed the crowds that used to attend the city's aldermen meetings are gone.
She hopes not for good.
"To have an ongoing appearance will definitely send a message," she tells abc24.com "It has in the past and we hope it continues."
Temple plans to start sending out regular emails and reminders to residents about city meetings.
"We've got a quite extensive email lists." She's also pointing people to the group's new website. "It's been up and running for about six weeks. We list events going on here, in the city and our contacts."
"These spending habits can eventually lead to property tax increases. Then that will get the ear of our citizens. But we need their support now."