Comparison Chart: Montgomery County Budget – Current, Citizens Budget Committee Proposal, Commissioners Court Tentatively Adopted Budget

Conroe, July 30 – Numerous readers have asked for a complete comparison chart of the current Fiscal Year 2017 County Budget, the Citizens Budget Committee recommended Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, and the tentatively adopted Fiscal Year 2018 Budget as the Commissioners Court actually adopted it. The comparison follows. The middle column is the Citizens Budget […]

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 […]

Doyal, Commissioners Court impose tax increase (with increased appraisals), utterly fail to cut County government spending, keep tax rate at $0.4667 per $100

Doyal, Commissioners Court impose tax increase (with increased appraisals), utterly fail to cut County government spending, keep tax rate at $0.4667 per $100

Image: The explosive spending growth of the Montgomery County government under County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador has gone nuclear. They’ve done nothing to manage the operations of the County government. While they’ve slept (or played golf), the citizens have paid taxes. Conroe, July […]

County Budget Workshop redux: The Golden Hammer Award, Meador remembers, Meador forgets, Tammy’s numbers, the scorecard, what they don’t know, the sad librarians

Conroe, July 27 – The Montgomery County Commissioner Court “Budget Workshop” continued on Thursday, July 27, 2017, with County Judge Craig Doyal and the Commissioners. For the taxpayers, it was a depressing affair all the way around. Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador has obviously never found a program on which he would restrain himself […]

County Judge’s proclaimed spending reduction is actually Noack’s, Clark’s spending reduction!

County Judge’s proclaimed spending reduction is actually Noack’s, Clark’s spending reduction!

Image: Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable (back to camera) speaking to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Thursday, July 27, 2018. Court members, left to right, Jim Clark (Precinct 4), James Noack (Precinct 3), Judge Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley (Precinct 2), and Mike Meador (Precinct 1). Conroe, July 27 – County Judge Craig Doyal and […]

BREAKING NEWS: Precinct 2 Commissioner candidate Dawson challenges “pass through dollars” as an excuse for County government spending increases

BREAKING NEWS! Conroe, July 27 – Republican candidate for Precinct 2 County Commissioner Brian Dawson stood up for the taxpayers and denounced the claim of some County leaders that “pass through” expenditure dollars should not count towards the calculation of government spending growth. “Pass through” dollars usually are expenditure items, such $15.8 million for operating […]

OCA’s Jensen, courts make budget presentation, show earnest desire for fiscal economy

Conroe, July 26 – Montgomery County Director of the Office of Court Administration Nathan Jensen presented his Department’s proposed budget along with the proposed budgets of the seven District Court and five County Courts at Law to the Commissioners Court Budget Workshop on July 26, 2017. Jensen’s brief presentation, with 9th District Judge Phil Grant […]

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s latest way to try to fool citizens to make them believe he’s a “fiscal conservative”: “pass-throughs”

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s latest way to try to fool citizens to make them believe he’s a “fiscal conservative”: “pass-throughs”

Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal excitedly discussing his latest method of trying to fool the citizens of this community, so-called “pass throughs,” by trying to make them believe that the County government hasn’t raised spending as much as it has. Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson (left) and Doyal’s “chief of staff” jim […]

County Clerk Mark Turnbull makes outstanding budget presentation, shows historical efficiency of his County Clerk’s Office

July 26 – The highlight of yesterday’s “budget workshop” before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court was County Clerk Mark Turnbull’s budget presentation for his County Clerk’s Office and for the Court Collection Department. Turnbull made a video in which he explained the historical levels of his Office’s budget in comparison to what he termed the […]

County Custodial Maintenance Director Garcia reveals total ignorance of management, claims reduction in top-heavy salaries budget would lead to “catastrophe” and “sick building syndrome”

County Custodial Maintenance Director Garcia reveals total ignorance of management, claims reduction in top-heavy salaries budget would lead to “catastrophe” and “sick building syndrome”

July 26 – Montgomery County Custodial Maintenance Department Director Lorena Garcia proclaimed that adoption of the Citizens Budget Committee Report’s recommendation to reduce her Department’s salaries would lead to “catastrophic” impacts on Montgomery County, even announcing her fear of “sick building syndrome” and mass layoffs of custodial staff. Garcia, of course, failed to consider the […]