Councillors couldn't decide on who got to go to a local government conference trip to Sydney, so they decided to let everyone go - courtesy of the Griffith ratepayer.
At Tuesday's Griffith City Council meeting, councillors were supposed to choose three delegates to attend the 2019 Local Government NSW annual conference alongside the mayor and general manager, but five put their hand up.
Councillor Dino Zappacosta moved that all seven be allowed to attend, and council voted unanimously in favour of the motion.
Ratepayers will therefore foot the bill for seven conference tickets ($840 per person), plus airfares, accommodation, and meals.
The motion overturns the decision passed on June 25, when council decided to limit the number of conference attendees to three councillors plus the mayor and general manager.
Councillors Glen Andreazza, John Dal Broi, Deb Longhurst, Rina Mercuri, Anne Napoli, Brian Simpson, and general manager Brett Stonestreet will be attending the conference.
Mayor Dal Broi said he was "a little disturbed and perturbed" by the decision.
"I tried, in a very diplomatic way, to express my concerns but they obviously weren't listening," Cr Dal Broi said.
"I thought we had a resolution it would be a mayoral nominee and two others."
He said the conference would be a good chance for councillors to network, but he has "misgivings" about whether that would justify the expense.
The conference will be held in Sydney from October 14 to October 16, when councillors will vote on motions affecting the NSW local government sector.
However Griffith City Council will only have three votes to cast, despite having seven delegates.
Brian Simpson, Anne Napoli, and John Dal Broi will be the ones to make the votes on behalf of council.
Council will also put forward motions of their own, one of which will be for more concessions for pensioner rates and charges to ease the financial burden on older residents.
The motion also asks Local Government NSW to lobby the state government to give higher rebates to help councils pay for those pensioner concessions.