Conroe, October 12 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court nominated five individuals for the Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board (MCAD) of Directors this past Tuesday, October 11, 2017. The election will occur between October 30 and December 15 for the 5-person Board which will take office on January 1, 2018, for a 2-year term.
The MCAD Board of Directors determines reappraisal policy for the Appraisal District, oversees Appraisal District operations, and oversees the Chief Appraiser Tony Belinoski. The current Board consists of Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, former Precinct 3 County Commissioner Ed Chance, homebuilder Tom Cox, and former Woodlands Township Chairman Bruce Tough.
In recent years, the MCAD Board of Directors has suffered withering criticism for the aggressive reappraisal policies they’ve allowed, which have had the effect of rapidly raising property taxes. Many homeowners find themselves in the position of having to sell their homes, even though they’ve paid them off, because they can’t afford the massive property taxes which the MCAD has spurred and on which the out-of-control spending policies of the Montgomery County government and other taxing entities depend.
The 5-person Board essentially includes 4-at large positions and one special districts position. The special districts include municipal utility district, Woodlands Road Utility District #1, and the Woodlands Township. All of those special district must vote for special district nominees. Since the Woodlands Township has 167 votes, by far the largest block among the special purpose districts, it usually controls the election of one MCAD Board member. Therefore, there is a high likelihood that Tough will not enjoy re-election to the MCAD Board, because the Woodlands Township Board has not supported Tough for re-election.
The other four seats are elected by the remaining 4,288 votes spread among the Montgomery County government, Conroe ISD, Lone Star College, eight other area school districts, and fifteen municipalities. Conroe ISD has 1,739 or just over 40% of the votes. The County has 1,037 votes or approximately 24% of the votes. The third largest voting bloc is the Magnolia ISD which has 315 votes. The four candidates who win a plurality of the votes are elected to the Board of Directors.
The five County nominees are:
- Guy Hancock, of New Caney, whom Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark nominated
- Bob Casey of Spring, whom County Judge Craig Doyal nominated
- Peggy Hausman of The Woodlands, whom Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack nominated
- Mike Meador of Willis, who nominated himself
- one other candidate, whom Charlie Riley nominated.
It’s important to differentiate the MCAD Board of Directors from the MCAD Appraisal Review Board (ARB), which is a different group that hears property tax appraisal protests. The local administrative district judge – one of the eight District Judges – appoints the members of the ARB.
It’s unclear at this point how the County will actually exercise its 1,037 votes.