City of Bayswater special council meeting labelled a ‘shambles’ after councillors walk out midway

City of Bayswater special council meeting labelled a ‘shambles’ after councillors walk out midway

LAST night’s City of Bayswater council meeting was a “shambles” according to one of two councillors who left in the middle of proceedings.

A special council meeting was held to pass the City’s 2016-17 budget but was stalled after a five-all vote.

Councillors then moved to suspend the meeting and went into the committee room to discuss changes to the budget document.

Councillors Brent Fleeton and Chris Cornish left the building following this decision.

Cr Fleeton said he was concerned about staff structure and that council had not been involved in EBA deliberations.

“The meeting was a shambles,” he said.

“I voted against this budget… the rate increase was too high.”

A 3.25 per cent rate increase was proposed for the $95.81 million budget, with the minimum rate for properties $821.

Council returned to the chamber after the pair’s departure and the budget was passed.

The City has not yet confirmed whether the decision will stand or if a further meeting will be held.

Cr John Rifici was absent from last night’s meeting.