City sets aside $30,000 for local government reform legal costs

City sets aside $30,000 for local government reform legal costs

Councillors agreed to the allocation as a part of the City’s 2014/15 budget, but Mayor John Carey did not specify if Vincent was joining Ian Ker and lawyer John Hammond’s litigation.

‘We are putting that money aside in case Vincent does decide to take legal action in the Local Government Advisory Board process,’ he said.

‘We are putting money aside for potential action and we are still giving it consideration.’

Residents at a recent special electors meeting voted to advise council that they want the City to support legal action against the reform process.

The budget also allocated $100,000 towards change management, which Mr Carey said was needed with a new chief executive coming on board.

Rates have increased 3.65 per cent.