THE extraordinary council meeting on Thursday night to vote on a raft of recommendations including the 8 per cent rate rise was stopped by Cr Andrew Guile who lodged a rescission motion.
That rescission motion was then dealt with at the ordinary meeting on Friday night at which the rate rise was voted through.
It took some political handball to keep the issue in play, in order for the councillors’ vote to matter when faced with a tight deadline.
Council was supposed to lodge notification of a rate rise request above the rate pegging level to IPART by Friday, December 14.
An extraordinary meeting was held on the Thursday so councillors could vote in time to meet the deadline.
However Shoalhaven City Council general manager Russ Pigg suspected a rescission motion might have been lodged by Cr Guile, who had previously asked for a rate freeze until the community was consulted.
Mr Pigg prepared a contingency plan in case Cr Guile did play his rescission card.
“I talked to an officer in IPART about the likelihood that even though the council had a meeting on the 13th, there could be a rescission motion,” Mr Pigg said.
“If that happened the issue couldn’t be considered until the following meeting, on the 14th, the deadline day.
“They understood the politics of what I was saying and agreed to take council’s notification.
“It was a contingency plan, because it had been a hot topic of debate particularly between the new councillors and Cr Guile.
“The likelihood of having a rescission motion lodged was high.
“I was looking for assurance [from IPART] that if that card was played it would not prevent council from making any application if they voted that way.”
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