Narromine Shire Council is hoping to avoid a costly by-election after one of the councillors stepped down.
Councillor Trudy Everingham resigned as a councillor in May after almost three years in the role.
According to the Local Government Act, "a by-election is not required if a casual vacancy occurs in office of a councillor within 18 months before the date of specified for the next ordinary election".
The next local government elections are scheduled for September 2021.
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They were initially planned for September this year, however due to COVID-19 the decision was made to put the elections on hold.
Council will contact Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock to ensure the by-election is not needed.
If a by-election were to occur, it could cost ratepayers about $42,000.
Council will continue to operate with eight councillors until the election.