In Fairhope, big debates begin in small places–the bloom of a flower or the flush of a toilet. “Oh theres a real hot debate going on,” says local Don Shebly. He’s heard all about it.
In an effort to meet its budget, the city of Fairhope is having to find new avenues for revenue. they’re discovering discontent in the process. “Everyone in Fairhope has an opinion,” says councilman Dan Stankowski, “and they are all glad to express it.”
The city says they’ve been overspending for the past six months and a solution has to be found. But that solution has townsfolk, forums and blogs blabbing on all sides of the situation. Entries read :”for heavens sake, instead of raising our own utility rates to pay for all the flowers downtown and other tourist attractions. its a no brainer! ” Others say, “hold on to your wallets! the flower lobby, recreation lobby, airport lobby, tourism lobby, etc. aren’t going to allow any “cuts”. don’t kid yourself already started with water sewer.”