Livingstone mayor Bill Ludwig and deputy mayor Nigel Hutton debate the 2019/20 Livingstone Shire budget
Livingstone mayor Bill Ludwig and deputy mayor Nigel Hutton debate the 2019/20 Livingstone Shire budget Darryn Nufer

Drama, heated debate and the Livingstone budget has passed

UPDATE: Livingstone Shire Council's 2019/20 budget has been passed but it took more than four hours of drama and  heated discussion.

The initial vote was lost 3-4 when councillors Glenda Mather, Tom Wyatt, Adam Belot and Pat Eastwood refused to support an increased landlord tax.

The issue was finally resolved when councillors voted 5-2 to increase the general rate to support an amendment in line with the rate for non-principal place of residence.  

Cr Tom Wyatt spoke against the motion but voted for it.

Deputy mayor Nigel Hutton and Cr Jan Kelly voted against the budget. 

The general rate rise was set at 2.1 per cent.

EARLIER: THIS morning's meeting to hand down the 2019/20 Livingstone Shire budget has come to a standstill.

Mayor Bill Ludwig called a vote to allow the budget to proceed but only three of the seven councillors have voted in favour.

The major sticking point is the landlord tax, which has been an ongoing issue in Livingstone since it was introduced in last year's budget without unanimous support.

Cr Ludwig has called an adjournment.

More to come.



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