Enterprise councilwoman Debra Kamhi declined the request for her resignation at Thursday’s city council meeting. However she did say she would look over the petition that garnered 204 signatures, 120 of which were valid registered voters.
A committee of Enterprise residents said they will begin the process for a recall election after having given her the option of voluntarily stepping down. The request for her resignation came after a city audit revealed that she was one of several Enterprise residents who had past due utility bills.
“It is an absolute disgrace,” said Kathy Gay who is on the recall committee. “There is no way she could have not known about the bill, and for her to make decisions about (city finance) ... .”
She said it was only about six weeks ago that the city raised the mill levy to cover an anticipated $6,000 shortfall in the annual budget. Kamhi’s unpaid utility bills, which combined electric, water, sewer and trash totaled more than $9,500.
“She should not be sitting in that position with what is going on,” said James Jones, another committee member.