FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — A new mayor elected in Fairfield is inheriting a host of obstacles stemming from financial issues in the city. Ed May beat Johnnie Wyatt in the runoff for the next city leader.
May says he is ready to face the challenges in the city, such as the city repeatedly not paying city employees on time. This also includes first responders and a lack of funding for essential city services. May says he’s ready to get to work now.
He said, “The first thing we have to do is getting budgets and audits in place. That way we can not only know which direction to go in, but we can see how we are going to get there fiscally. Once we are able to do that, we can be able to recruit more businesses in, refinance existing debt, apply for grants and things of that nature to bring in additional revenue from outside of the city of Fairfield that’s not necessarily dependent on just tax base.”
Even though the ballots are cast and May was declared the winner over opponent Johnnie Wyatt, the battle isn’t exactly over yet. There were questions raised of May’s eligibility because of where he lives. There’s a hearing in court on that in mid-October.