The futire of an NRL trial match being held in Coffs Harbour in 2014 rests with a rescission motion at tonight's council meeting. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate
The futire of an NRL trial match being held in Coffs Harbour in 2014 rests with a rescission motion at tonight's council meeting. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Council to tackle funding for two sporting events

COFFS Harbour City councillors will once again tackle the thorny question of funding sporting fixtures at tonight's council meeting, where a rescission motion to restore $100,000 worth of funding for two matches is on the agenda.

Mayor Denise Knight and Crs Garry Innes and Bob Palmer are moving to restore to the council's 2013-14 Budget the $50,000 worth of funding for a trial National Rugby League match and $50,000 for a Hyundai A-League (soccer) match.

That funding was removed by Crs Rodney Degens and John Arkan at the May 23 council meeting when they successfully moved to shift the budget further towards the black by scrapping the two-match funding, a motion which succeeded by only one vote.

The cutback means the council is planning a small $326, 307 deficit for 2013-14 on a total budget of over $250 million.

If tonight's rescission motion succeeds, that will increase to $426,307.

In either case, the council is hoping to reach a balanced budget with savings and extra income through the next financial year.

Tonight will be the culmination of a three-month tug-of-war between factions inside and outside the council who are divided over whether the council should stick to its knitting and provide traditional services and a balanced budget over the long term or be more entrepreneurial and spend more money on events and programs with the aim of making more money, even if this means deficit budgets.