By-election would cost ratepayers $125k

May 3, 2024 7:11 am in by
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Holding a by-election to replace sacked Upper Hunter Shire Councillor Elizabeth Flaherty would cost ratepayers $125,000.

The cost is included in a briefing paper prepared for an Extraordinary Council meeting next week to resolve the way forward.

The document says the alternative is to apply to the Minister for Local Government to dispense with the need to hold another ballot to fill the casual vacancy.

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Councillor Flaherty was advised on Wednesday that she had been removed from her position as an elected official after not attending three consecutive meetings.