During a discussion today about Sedgwick County’s legislative agenda for next year, commissioner Gwen Welshimer, who lost her seat to Wichita City Council member Jim Skelton, said that her district does not support lower taxes.
Welshimer ran as “Low Tax Gwen,” touting her work to decrease the county’s mill levy during her time on the board. But she lost her seat, which includes south Wichita, Derby and Mulvane.
Commissioners this morning are debating whether to push for voter approval of any property tax increases that raise the mill levy.
Commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Kelly Parks support adding such language to the county’s legislative agenda. Commissioners Dave Unruh and Tim Norton said they did not because voters elect them to make decisions.
At that point, Welshimer said she wasn’t sure she could support requiring voter approval of property tax increases because she was unclear what her constituents want. She said they didn’t support her low-tax platform “so I don’t know what they want.”
Later, when it became clear hers would be the swing vote, she said she wanted more time to think about the issue.