Councillors are elected residents, ratepayers and business owners. If you’re renting you are still entitled to vote - and business owners who live in the same council they trade in receive two votes.
The Mayor and councillors determine most applications made to council. Councils often delegate many day-to-day decisions to their administration staff but set the policies that guide those outcomes.
The Mayor has the casting vote if council is deadlocked on a decision. This is true, although the Mayor can change their original vote when determining the final outcome.
The Mayor and councillors determine a CEO’s salary in accordance with salary bands. The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal reviews and adjust these bands annually.