Ratepayers could reasonably be expected to be confused and annoyed, if not angry, at the latest instalment in the City of Perth saga.
Many councils face disagreements between elected members, but it does not generally detract from council business. Sadly that cannot be said about the City of Perth.
The council is split. And the chasm between Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and her supporters and those who do not toe the mayoral line has never been wider.
This had caused more tension and frustration in a council already overshadowed by the CCC’s serious misconduct finding against Ms Scaffidi over her failure to declare gifts.
Then, there’s the gag on its councillors. This draconian edict sets it apart from most councils where elected members can talk to the media, as long as they don’t purport to be speaking on behalf of the whole council. Most of the public would probably agree that councillors should be able to speak to journalists to connect to their ratepayers. They would also probably agree that this incident does nothing to lift the public’s perception of the City of Perth.