My guess would be "Politics" and it's always been "Politics" driving it all. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your own persuasion, we have a local Republican Party asleep at the wheel and distracted by the influence of a fringe political movement versus an active Democratic Party very active in and focussed on putting their candidates in local elected offices.
My comment to a couple of those new Commissioners was...."I know what got you there but you need to leave "Party Politcs" at the door of "The Boyington Building" and serve all of us as the problems we have here transcend any kind of politics."
Are they listening?
I think they are so far.