Riley gets “Golden Hammer Award” for his work for higher property taxes, imitates a beet

Riley gets “Golden Hammer Award” for his work for higher property taxes, imitates a beet

Image: A beet. Conroe, September 27 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley received “The Golden Hammer Award” for hammering the taxpayers during the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting. Upon receiving the Award, Riley clearly attempted, by turning bright red, to imitate one of the healthiest vegetables known, the mighty beet. One […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court loses all sense of propriety, passes $328 million budget with highest operational spending in history without meaningful review or public hearing

Montgomery County Commissioners Court loses all sense of propriety, passes $328 million budget with highest operational spending in history without meaningful review or public hearing

Image: Fester Bestertester would fit right in with the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, which passed a $328 million budget for Fiscal Year 2018 without meaningful review and without a public hearing. (Fester Bestertester was one of the great characters of MAD Magazine’s Don Martin.) Conroe, September 6 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court passed a […]

In addition to highest operational expenditure budget in history, Montgomery County Fiscal Year 2018 Budget has many firsts

Conroe, September 2 – The long-awaited “proposed budget” for Fiscal Year 2017 finally appeared for public view on Thursday, August 31, 2017, around 10 a.m. in the morning. That means that citizens, members of the Commissioners Court, and any other interested parties will have less than five days to review a $358 million budget, which […]

Doyal, Martin strenuously seek to exclude public participation in budget process

Conroe, August 27 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and County Auditor Phyllis Martin have taken some unusual steps to exclude the public from participating in the County budget process. The so-called “public hearings” that the Commissioners Court conducted on August 8 and August 22, 2017, shouldn’t fool anyone; they weren’t really public hearings, because […]

District Court races are critical to the financial future of Montgomery County

Conroe, August 8 – Voters tend not to view judicial elections as important as the executive and legislative roles which the Montgomery County Judge and County Commissioners. Nevertheless, the Texas Constitution and Texas laws have placed District Judges as important overseers of County finances. For that reason, citizens who have a stake in County spending […]

In Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s world, this guy is a “fiscal conservative”: Commissioners Court to hold public hearing on proposed tax rate for Fiscal Year 2018 on Tuesday, August 8, at conclusion of regular meeting

In Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s world, this guy is a “fiscal conservative”: Commissioners Court to hold public hearing on proposed tax rate for Fiscal Year 2018 on Tuesday, August 8, at conclusion of regular meeting

Image: 44th President B. Hussein Obama. Conroe, August 5 – In Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s world, B. Hussein Obama, the free-spending ultra-liberal 44th President of the United States, was a “fiscal conservative.” Please see full discussion below. August 8 “public hearing” The Montgomery County Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing on the proposed […]

The ugly ratings of the County government through the budget process

Conroe, July 30 – On Friday, July 28, 2017, the Commissioners Court completed a four-day “budget workshop” at the end of which they approved a $328,751,430 budget which includes higher County spending (other than debt service) than ever before in the history of the Montgomery County government. The only reason the Commissioners Court was able […]

Charlie Riley Slams Citizen Interests With His Proposed Commissioner Precinct 2 Budget

Charlie Riley Slams Citizen Interests With His Proposed Commissioner Precinct 2 Budget

Image: Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley embracing major political contributor (and County vendor) Jeff Cannon, President of LJA Engineers, February 28, 2017. Magnolia, June 16 – Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley has submitted a proposed budget for his Commissioner Precinct that is against citizen interests, because it’s anti-roads, anti-spending reduction, and anti-law enforcement. Riley is very […]

Montgomery County’s explosive government spending growth (it’s worse than the federal government!!!)

Montgomery County’s explosive government spending growth (it’s worse than the federal government!!!)

Image: Spending versus population. Data from U.S. Census Bureau, Montgomery County Office of County Auditor. Artwork and data compilation from Yollick Law Firm. Conroe, June 11 – The Montgomery County government’s spending has grown explosively since 2000. Taxation has grown with the spending. Massive property taxes have begun to harm home and land sales and […]