MAYOR Brad Carter said he believed councillors were "sweeping the council's deficiencies under the table" as they voted down his proposal for an independent organisational review yesterday.
He told his colleagues, who voted nine to two not to spend up to $110,000 on a detailed investigation of the council's structure, management and operations, they were being irresponsible and inappropriate.
"Each and every one of us has highlighted problems and I have had considerable concerns with individual comments about the performance of the council," he said.
Cr Carter said he believed there had been some very positive outcomes over the past four years.
"There have also been some deficiencies and I appeal to your sense of responsibility that we should be looking systematically long and hard at all aspects of our performance."
But Cr Bill Ludwig said that, with a new council due to be elected next March it was far too late to sanction a review.
"We have had up to five restructures in four years, which is absolutely extraordinary," he said.
In the end Cr Carter's only ally was Cr Cherie Rutherford who said she thought it was important to get some benchmarking.
"I would like to know if we are laying the right amount of material when we make roads. Are we grading enough roads and building the right number of parks?
"Are we doing things efficiently?" she said.
The matter will be left for consideration by the new council.