If a proposed campaign to dismiss Bega Valley Shire Council is successful it would not be the first time an administrator has taken over control of the organisation.
The Bega Valley Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association has said it will start such a campaign if council does not reject its proposed special rates variation to maintain and upgrade the shire's pools.
Back in August 1999, the former BVSC was dismissed and all civic offices were declared vacant.
An inquiry into the council was held in July 1999, after which the inquiry commissioner stated councillors had failed to meet the standards set down in the Local Government Act.
"... in particular, those on community leadership and regard for the long term and cumulative effects of decisions," the Department of Local Government Annual Report 1999/2000 states.
"Council's attempted dismissal and continued pursuit of its general manager demonstrated this failure, as did many other examples of unsatisfactory behaviour as an employer."
Going even further back in time Mumbulla Shire Council, which covered the region from Bermagui to Bemboka before it was absorbed into the Bega Valley Shire, was sacked in 1976.
A government report from the time stated a council member had financial interests in the development of an arcade shopping centre in Bermagui.
When the development came before council, there was no record if this councillor had taken part in the discussion or vote.
While the performance of most of Mumbulla Shire's councillors had been satisfactory, it was "legally and practically impossible" not to dismiss the whole council.
Despite the uncertainty the Bega Valley Shire could face if today's council was placed under administration, Bega Valley Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association president Fraser Buchanan said it would still "be in a better shape" that what it is now.
"How degraded do you allow something to get before you allow it to be fixed?" he said.