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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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