Noack the Hero, Part 2 of 3: the County government budget

The Woodlands, December 2 – The Fiscal Year 2018 governmental expenditure budget is the highest in the history of Montgomery County. Despite the freespending ways of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, the citizens did not suffer a tax rate increase in the […]

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump’s ambitious promise of “massive tax cuts and reform.” The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in three […]

Trump gives GOP pep talk on $4.1T budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is rooting for fellow Senate Republicans to succeed in efforts to pass a massive $4.1 trillion budget plan. But in a tweet before daybreak Thursday, the president said, “I think we have the votes, but who knows?” Trump noted in the post that “Republicans are going for the big […]

284th District Judge candidate Kristin Bays doesn’t leave one dry eye at her campaign kickoff after stirring speech

284th District Judge candidate Kristin Bays doesn’t leave one dry eye at her campaign kickoff after stirring speech

Image: 284th District Court Judge candidate Kristin Bays, at the Art Gallery in Conroe, Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Conroe, October 19 – There wasn’t one dry in the Art Gallery at the Madeley Building in Conroe on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, after 284th District Judge candidate Kristin Bays delivered her campaign kickoff speech. Bays has […]

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 […]