The Boxing Gloves Are Off

Former Mayor Kenneth Everett, the man behind a petition to change Dothan’s form of government, stands behind his leadership.

In Tuesday morning’s city commission meeting, he says during his tenure as mayor in the early 80s, he didn’t raise taxes and fees without the peoples vote, like Mayor Pat Thomas says he did. Instead, he says the increase in water rates were to fix problems, like red water.

And as far as raising the cost of electric fees, he says he had to do that because of Alabama Power; furthermore, he says Mayor Thomas shouldn’t speak out on what he considers frustration.

Thomas says he’s not frustrated at all. In fact, he welcomes Everett’s comments but still feels the same way he did last week.

“I stand by my comments. Kenneth Everett was a good mayor, he was. At the same time there were 7 increases in fees and there were no votes by the people. His increases were warranted, and just as he passed along increases without votes from the people, to call for that now is hypocritical.”

So the conflict continues.

Everett still wants to appeal the attorney general’s decision which called a petition, to change Dothan’s current form of government, illegal.

Everett wants to oust members of the commission who voted for the recent sales tax increase.

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  • by James Location: Naples, FL on Apr 4, 2007 at 01:43 PM
    I lived in Dothan under Mayor or should I say Dictator Everett. We never received a chance to vote and the increaes were never taken off after things were "fixed". A very hypocritical mayor indeed.
  • by Nick Location: Dothan on Apr 4, 2007 at 06:05 AM
    I would like a list of the commissioners who voted yes for the sales tax increase. I'm sure when relection time is here the people could finally have their say about the tax!
  • by Joe Location: dothan on Apr 3, 2007 at 07:34 PM
    I agree with Kenneth Everett. This should have been voted on by the people.
  • by stuart Location: enterprise on Apr 3, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    I'm surprised the people of dothan don't recognize a profiteering dictator in office.
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