Ratepayers asked to pay for legal fees

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FRANKSTON councillor Colin Hampton. Picture: Supplied

A LOCAL Government Inspectorate enquiry into Frankston councillor Colin Hampton has concluded, but ratepayers will be asked to foot the bill for his legal fees.

Cr Hampton was cleared of wrongdoing by the LGI after the closure of their enquiry.

An LGI statement read “the Local Government Inspectorate has assessed a matter relating to a Frankston City councillor.”

“After assessing the information provided, the Inspectorate is satisfied that no breach or offence has occurred under the Local Government Act 1989,” the statement read.

“There will be no further action taken by the Inspectorate.”

Cr Hampton did not comment when asked what allegations had been made against him. He told The Times that his name had been cleared by the outcome of the enquiry.

Behind closed doors in a confidential section of council’s 18 November meeting, council voted for a motion which “approves for the legal fees to the sum of $3630 being the actual expense incurred by councillor Hampton to be reimbursed”. The Times understands that a rescission motion will be filed in an attempt to reverse the decision to make ratepayers pay for the legal bills, and will be debated at council’s next meeting.

First published in the Frankston Times – 25 November 2019

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