In Reply to: Pay off to Councillors posted by Why? on February 25, 2014 at 12:11:15:
It's politically justifiable.
The payments will buy councillors' support so the abolition of the councils will run smoothly.
Voting oneself out of existence appears idiotic but it's an old tactic. Act of Union in 1800 passed through payments to Irish MPs who voted to abolish their own parliament.