LAUNCESTON aldermen will know next week whether there will be fewer seats in the chamber from next year when a review of councillor numbers is released.
Launceston in March opted to participate in a review by the Local Government Board with Southern Midlands, Derwent Valley and Dorset councils.
A state government spokesman yesterday said that Local Government Minister Bryan Green had received the board's report, which he would be release next week for council and public comment.
He said Mr Green would make a decision on the board's recommendation after feedback was assessed.
This review has followed one last year of the Break O'Day, Central Coast, Devonport, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Kingborough, and Tasman councils.
Thirteen councillor positions will be removed from six of those councils next October with no change at Break O'Day.
Launceston would be one of three 12-member councils left in the state, with Clarence and Hobart, if its numbers were to stay the same after its review.
Devonport and Central Coast councils were reduced from 12 to nine in the last review, and Glenorchy and Kingborough were reduced from 12 to 10.
The review follows former Launceston alderman Ivan Dean's unsuccessful motion in 2009 to investigate a reduction to nine elected members.
With Hobart, Launceston's 12 elected representatives earn the biggest payload of all councils at $477,292 a year.
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