CAMDEN'S Liberal councillors washed their hands of $200,000 in ratepayer funds when they sacked former general manager Greg Wright last month.
Camden residents have flooded the Advertiser website venting their anger at the decision.
Mr Wright was entitled to a maximum 38 weeks of pay and will be paid from the council's Employer Leave and Entitlement Reserve.
Governance director Steve Kludass said this fund was used to pay employees when they resigned, retired or were made redundant.
"His payment has not really made a profound impact on any of our budgets," he said.
"It's not any different to any other quarterly review we would do."
The Advertiser has looked at just how far Mr Wright's departure fee could have stretched in the community before the five Liberal councillors decided to send its general manager home, with what independent Cr Eva Campbell has described as a "bucket of ratepayers' money".
In the council's list of unfunded works, which includes capital and operational expenses and estimated funding required to maintain the area's roads, parks and community facilities for the next 10 years ahead, are about 200 projects and staffing needs.