While Meador, Martin fight for secrecy, County Attorney Lambright fights to bring transparency to County budget process

While Meador, Martin fight for secrecy, County Attorney Lambright fights to bring transparency to County budget process

Image: Right to left, County Attorney J.D. Lambright, County Attorney’s Administrative Manager Natalie Laurent, December, 2016. Conroe, June 21 – As taxpayers are highly focused on the upcoming budget discussions for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the Montgomery County government, County Attorney J.D. Lambright has become a hero for the cause of transparency, while […]

County’s conflicts of interest “disclosures” lack transparency

Conroe, June 20 – Montgomery County’s Judge, Craig Doyal, and Commissioners have provided conflict of interest disclosures which are woefully inadequate. The disclosures, which appear under the “Transparency” tab on the County’s beleaguered website, raise more questions than provide any answers, especially with respect to Doyal. State law of conflict of interest disclosures Chapter 176 […]

Montgomery County’s Appraisal District gorging itself on its own high appraisals, seeks massive budget increase

Montgomery County’s Appraisal District gorging itself on its own high appraisals, seeks massive budget increase

Image: Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors member and County Commissioner Charlie Riley. Conroe, June 20 – Enjoying the fruits of its own massive appraisal increases, the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD) plans a massive spending increase of $1,838,375, or 15.93%, for Fiscal Year 2018 over its 2017 operating budget. MCAD’s Board of Directors […]

Big Brother is Watching You: Montgomery County among state leaders in “Government Intrusion Index”

Conroe, June 19 – Montgomery County, Texas, is one of the leading counties in Texas in the “Government Intrusion Index,” the number of local government taxing authorities per 100,000 population. Montgomery County’s “Government Intrusion Index” is 22.95. That means that Montgomery County has 22.95 local government taxing entities per 100,000 population. The Government Intrusion Index […]

Wayne Mack’s court: wheelhouse of inappropriate behavior, employee idleness (the Davenports, Part 9)

Wayne Mack’s court: wheelhouse of inappropriate behavior, employee idleness (the Davenports, Part 9)

Image: Left to right, Wayne Mack, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, with the man he refers to as “my favorite Commissioner,” Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador. Montgomery and Willis, June 19 – Wayne Mack’s Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Court, located in Montgomery and Willis, is a wheelhouse of inappropriate behavior and […]

Decimation of Hope Highway (Part 2 of 2-part series): real citizens appear before Commissioners Court to oppose $73 million, 3.6-mile, Tx-249 tollway

Decimation of Hope Highway (Part 2 of 2-part series): real citizens appear before Commissioners Court to oppose $73 million, 3.6-mile, Tx-249 tollway

Image: In foreground, State Representative Mark Keough who is running for Montgomery County Judge in the 2018 Republican Primary Election, and Governor Greg Abbott. In back, left to right, Keough Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps, Ruth Mesta, and Kurt Jones. Conroe, June 18 – Genuine citizens appeared before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to explain […]

As Committee on Finance struggles, County Commissioners Court needs to end the County’s misery and appoint a “chief budget officer” independent of politics

Conroe, June 18 – Reports are coming out from inside the Montgomery County Courthouse that the three-member Committee on Finance is struggling. 435th District Judge Patty Maginnis appointed three full-time accountants – James Wiggins, Brenda Webb, and Landon Estay – to conduct a full examination audit of Montgomery County. Chapter 111 of the Texas Local […]

BREAKING NEWS: Courier blog releases shameful garbage article on Tx-249, fails to check facts, interview credible sources

Conroe, June 17 – At 9:31 p.m., this evening, the Courier blog released a shameful garbage article on the $73 million, 3.6-mile, Tx-249 tollway, better known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, in which blog writer Catherine Dominguez, as is her practice, permitted Montgomery County vendors Halff Associates, Inc., and Muller & Associates to provide […]

Doyal’s, Riley’s, Meador’s fragile egos dominate June 13 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Doyal’s, Riley’s, Meador’s fragile egos dominate June 13 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, June 17 – The fragility of County Judge Craig Doyal’s, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s egos dominated the June 13, 2017, Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. Doyal carefully channeled all discussion in a manner so it would sound positive to himself and his two allies. After […]

“The Golden Hammer Award” given to “anonymous” for first time to demonstrate Commissioners Court ignorance concerning County “internal service funds”; questioning employee retiree health benefits

Conroe, June 17 – The Golden Hammer Award went to “anonymous” for the first time at the Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting, because, when the Publisher of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, asked the members of the Commissioners Court what “internal services funds” were, only one member of the Commissioners Court […]