If you don't hold a chip in the game- you don't get to play and that does mean that those renting get no voting rights.
If a husband and wife can't agree (and only own one property) they should abstain.
Over at Not PC there is a list of suggestions for Rodney Hide:
- Eliminate the ability of non-ratepayers to vote in all local body elections;
- Reintroduce non-resident ratepayer vote;
- An immediate and permanent cap on the ratings levels of councils at existing monetary levels;
- Require that the 25% of councils each year that tax ratepayers at the highest level per ratepayer be required to reduce rates to the level of the lowest council;
- Require the abolition of all general rates differentials (e.g. higher rates for commercial properties vs. residential), with the current lowest general rating category applying across the board;
- Eliminate targeted rates in favour of direct user charges;
- Eliminate local authority petrol and diesel tax;
- Immediately prohibit all councils entering into any new commercial or non-commercial venture of any kind, and require that all existing trading activities of councils (including roads) be transferred to Local Authority Trading Enterprises;
- Prohibit ratepayer funding for any activities of any Local Authority Trading Enterprise;
- Prohibit new council borrowing. Existing debt repayments will only be able to be made from existing revenue sources, including privatisation;
- Prohibit councils making bylaws that interfere with individual freedoms and private property rights;
- Require that all councils when acting under their statutory obligations under the Resource Management Act, fully respect all private property rights;
The rabble at SWDC could certainly stand some attention from a vet!