The big question in Wyandotte County this morning: How will Ann Murguia, who lost Tuesday’s mayoral election, respond to new Mayor Mark Holland?
Just imagine a scenario where Holland pushes for an increase to property tax rates in the upcoming negotiations over a new budget. Murguia has opposed any increase to property tax rates in recent years and convinced three others to join her last year.
A showdown over taxes could be Hurdle #1 for Holland.
“It could be fireworks of epic proportions,” one commissioner said this morning.
Another big question this morning is to what extent the commission breaks down into pro-Holland and pro-Murgua camps.
The allegiances of some new members apparently are unknown today. We do know that Holland lost an ally in Tom Cooley who lost Tuesday night. Murguia lost one, too, in Butch Ellison who also was defeated.
Commissioner Brian McKiernan remains in Holland’s camp along with John Mendez. Murguia still has Mike Kane and Angela Markley.
How other commisisoners break down will be worth watching.