|By Carlton Fletcher, The Albany Herald, Ga.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It was a much calmer, but still conflicted, Taylor who spoke with The Herald on Saturday, a man at a crossroads, but not quite sure which path would offer the best results for him and his family, and for the city they had fallen in love with and decided to make their home.
Taylor, vacationing through the
"I really don't know what my plan is right now," Taylor said. "I'm hurt and offended that my family members are taking the heat for my decision to leave (town for the holiday). I feel like I ought to come back to
"But I've reached a point where I don't know if I can contribute. I don't know if I'm the one who can bring this city together. I'm more than willing to fight any battle that confronts me, but I'm not sure my fighting this battle would get the city where it needs to be. Some way, somehow, this city has to come together. And the last thing I want to be is an impediment, someone who divides the city."
Following almost immediately in the wake of now former Albany Water,
"It's like I told you when you first called me about that email. Sure, I gave Ms. Wright the bonus," Taylor said Saturday. "It was a business decision, and it's one I stand by. She saved the
"I feel bad for Ms. Wright, because she has done nothing wrong. I offered her the bonus as an incentive to keep her here. Because I can promise you, if she leaves, this city is going to lose millions of dollars."
Taylor said he's aware that saving the city money is part of its employees' jobs, but he said incentives always have been part of his business plan. He said some city commissioners' remarks that they were unaware of a policy that allowed bonuses simply shows that they didn't pay attention.
"Every year -- every single year -- incentivization is part of my five-year plan, which I present to the