How much is the current legal battle costing ratepayers?
That is the question being asked by the Armidale Regional Ratepayers Association.
A group of councillors attempted to have the contract of CEO Susan Law terminated, for the second time, at an extraordinary meeting on Monday.
On Tuesday, the matter was back in court, where a further injunction was granted.
Former Armidale mayor Herman Beyesdorf is vice president of the local ratepayers' group and he said their executive was deeply concerned at the situation, which he said was untenable and escalating rapidly, with no end in sight.
"The question is how much this is costing the ratepayers. Commentators have said that the termination will cost ratepayers' money, but the additional legal costs are bound to be substantial," he said.
"Equally, commentators have said that terminating the CEO will be disruptive, but it would seem that this continuing Mexican standoff will be much more disruptive."
Mr Beyersdorf said the ratepayers group supported the decision of Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall to call on the Minister for Local Government for an inquiry.
Mr Beyersdorf was the last mayor of Armidale Dumaresq Council, before it was amalgamated with Guyra Shire Council in 2016. At that time the councillors were sacked and an administrator appointed.
The administrator was Ian Tiley, who is now one of Armidale's councillors.