SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - His debt has been reduced, but when will he write a check? That's the million dollar question in Southaven right now, where embattled Mayor Greg Davis is nowhere to be found.
He still owes the state more than $62,000.
Davis hasn't reported to work or talked with the media since before Christmas. His lawyer said he's taking up to two months off at an un-named health care facility. If Davis doesn't send a check soon, the auditor's office said they'll act.
Last Friday, Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was given a new total and a few days to pay. Spokesperson Lisa Shoemaker said Davis was notified through his lawyer, Steve Farese, that more than $62,000 is due immediately. Auditors want the mayor to pay for money spent on trips, expensive dinners, tips and a charge at a gay sex shop in Canada.
"Spending the funds like he did, I don't agree with, but i'm just a citizen," said Kendall Patrick.
If the mayor doesn't send a check within the next few days, the auditor's office will contact a bonding company. Elected officials like Davis have bonds, which are like insurance policies, that would potentially cover the $62,000 debt.
"I think he should be held accountable for it," said Sarah Hechavarria.
Southaven residents think Davis himself should pay the money. Locals donated much of the $96,000 he's already paid the state.
"I think he should have to pay that back too," Hechavarria said.
Many don't agree with that now that they know more about the mayor's spending habits.
"I think he'll have to come up with the rest on his own," said Patrick.