Conroe, September 14 – Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker, who is challenging incumbent Commissioner Charlie Riley in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election joined Conroe Independent School District Board President Melanie Bush in calling for tax re-appraisals of all Tropical Storm Harvey-damaged properties. “I call for all taxing entities attached to the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD) to follow the lead of the CISD President and reappraise all damaged and affected properties,” Parker told The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper this morning.
“It is important to offer affected property owners relief in their time of need,” Parker added. Parker faces Riley and local businessman and longtime Republican activist Brian Dawson for the Precinct 2 position in the 2018 Republican Primary. Bush is challenging embattled Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport who happens to be married to local political boss and consultant Marc Davenport. Marc Davenport is under indictment and central to the Texas Open Meetings Act criminal case now pending in the Beaumont Court of Appeals where his co-defendants are County Judge Craig Doyal and Riley.
Parker’s call for tax re-appraisals possesses a certain amount of irony emanating not from Parker but from Riley, his political foe. Riley serves on the Board of Directors of MCAD which sets the policy for the hyper-aggressive reappraisals the appraisal district has set. MCAD has substantially increased its budget for Fiscal Year 2018, beginning October 1, 2017, so that, under Riley’s and his colleagues’ direction, property tax appraisal values may increase even more.
Parker is a former Comal County Commissioner and noted conservative author. Dawson is a very accomplished businessman who possesses a quick wit and fine sense of humor. Riley has worked for the government almost his entire adult life and is particularly known for the “Riley 2-Step” wherein a public official first moves and votes to create a new government position, behind-the-scenes maneuvers to put his wife or family member into the new position, but then pretends to recuse himself from the consideration when the final vote on putting his wife into the position occurs. Riley created a job for his wife Deanne Riley in late 2016 when she lost her position with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office when incoming Sheriff Rand Henderson did not rehire her to be his secretary.
Property tax appraisal increases have spiraled into the primary tool by which the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and other taxing entities have raised taxes. The tax appraisal increases have greatly exceeded real property appraisal increases.
Citizens have closely noted the mute lips of Riley and Stephanne Davenport on this issue.