Coun­cil dis­putes Jimbo case cost

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South Waikato District Coun­cil lead­er­ship team has re­leased a state­ment say­ing the cost of the Jimbo case is $ 76,000, not $94,000.

This comes af­ter an email sent by Deputy Jenny Shat­tock last year re­vealed a deep rift be­tween coun­cil staff and elected mem­bers, and a $20,000 jump in the costs as­so­ci­ated with the Jimbo case.

‘‘Why now af­ter $94,000 and so far down the track . . . are we be­ing ad­vised to drop this case,’’ Mrs Shat­tock wrote.

The state­ment said ‘‘the ac­tual costs as cur­rently known is around $76,000 al­low­ing for le­gal fees yet to be re­ceived. [The] coun­cil had dis­cussed what fur­ther costs could be forth­com­ing if the coun­cil lost and was re­quired to meet costs, or the coun­cil won but the case was ap­pealed. It was con­sid­ered that a to­tal cost of around $94,000 was pos­si­ble.’’

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