BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - After a meeting with Department of Justice investigators, Bay St. Louis city leaders will soon learn whether or not they have to pay back $320,000 they allegedly misused. The mayor and council president had two different takeaways from that meeting, and it's the latest example of a mayor and city council that don't see eye to eye on many issues.
"The council and the mayor are constantly at each others throats and it's embarrassing," said Gail Bart.
Most Bay residents don't shy away from talking about city issues, and this year there's been a lot to talk about.
"I would just like to see an end come to it, actually tired of reading about it and hearing about it and seeing it," said Gail Bart.
Tammy Hollingsworth has lived in the Bay for less than a year, but has heard enough talk about the city leaders' contention.
"Get off the bickering and do what needs to be done," said Hollingsworth.
The money the city may have to pay back is especially troubling to some residents, because they're afraid it could directly affect them.
"I would be afraid that because of that DOJ money being missing, wherever it is, our taxes may have to go up," said Carr.
Morgan Blackmon, another life-long Bay St. Louis resident, also wonders where they would get the money.
"We're already paying a decent sales tax, as far as local goes. So where are you going to cut that funding from? Are you going to cut it from schools? Where is that actually going to come from?" Blackmon asked.
Blackmon also can't help but notice the divisiveness among city leaders. She would like to see the focus shift back to the people they serve.
"I wonder what happened to those good ole days when I was a child where there was a sense of openness and our government listened to what the residents had to say," said Blackmon.
On Thursday, December 15, the council will hold a workshop to discuss the police department, including a proposal for Hancock County to take over the day-to-day operations of the city's police department. Council President Lonnie Falgout expects to have the DOJ verdict by then.