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Report claims Davis submitted same bills to city, chamber

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SOUTHAVEN, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Charges of double billing are adding fuel to the fire of protest surrounding Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.

An article in Sunday's Commercial Appeal claims that several bills Davis submitted to the city for reimbursement were also submitted to the Chamber of Commerce.

Southaven residents said this latest revelation is upsetting.

"He's gotten double pay, which means a plus for his pocket book, and it infuriates me," said Southaven resident Linda Temple.

Temple recently founded a group called Concerned Citizens of Southaven.  Members said their goal is to force Davis from office.

Members think the new charges of double billing will speed up the collection of 10,000 petition signatures to get Davis ousted from office.

The article claims that in 2010, Davis asked the city to reimburse him for an expense and then submitted that same bill to the chamber of commerce for reimbursement.

According to the article, Davis is responsible for 26 different duplicate charges, totaling thousands of dollars.

Davis denied that there has been any intentional double billing.  Some Southaven residents said they do not believe him.

"If there was a mistake, I mean, you know, we all know our finances," said Temple.  "If there was a mistake, an honest person would have brought it to somebody's attention."

Some of the entertainment and travel expense Davis submitted involved what has been described as entertaining business prospects for Southaven.

With Davis already under fire for a list of questionable spending practices, residents said the double billing charges are the last straw.

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