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 […]

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 […]

Toll Road, Spending Overshadow July 25 Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, July 25 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting on July 25, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., involves a 14-page secretive “consent” agenda, a few mundane “open” agenda items, but then massive County government spending on the Tx-249 Tollway and the Animal Shelter. Agenda Item 9A1: 81 pages of $5,590,798 of payments will receive no […]

Desperate to show support, Montgomery County Judge Doyal lists dinner at home with his wife as $1000 political contribution; at least 2/3rds of his total contributions from County vendors

Desperate to show support, Montgomery County Judge Doyal lists dinner at home with his wife as $1000 political contribution; at least 2/3rds of his total contributions from County vendors

Conroe, July 23 – Desperate to show that he still has political support after almost three years of massive spending, questionable ethics, an indictment for violating the Open Meetings Act, conflicts of interest, and lying to the Texas Transportation Commission that Montgomery County shows unified support for the Tx-249 Taxway, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal […]

Citizens Budget Committee issues proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget with substantial spending reductions, will make presentation to Commissioners Court on July 25

Citizens Budget Committee issues proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget with substantial spending reductions, will make presentation to Commissioners Court on July 25

Conroe, July 22 – The Citizens Budget Committee issued its proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget in a 36-page report provided to the members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Friday, July 21, 2017. The proposed budget includes total expenditures of $307,497,321, plus $28,968,161 for “internal service funds” (employee benefits, casualty and liability payments) for a […]

How do the Montgomery County Commissioners Court members grade 3/4ths through this Fiscal Year?

How do the Montgomery County Commissioners Court members grade 3/4ths through this Fiscal Year?

Image: A “bell curve.” Conroe, July 21 – Now that the 2017 Fiscal Year is three-fourths complete, Montgomery County citizens should ask how the Commissioners Court make the grade? The Golden Hammer has compiled a rating system for every Commissioners Court meeting and every vote in those meetings since October 1, 2016, the beginning of the […]

While the Montgomery County government doesn’t spur local economic growth, the data in a comparison with Fort Bend County reveals that the County’s massive spending and taxes have had a profound negative impact on median family income levels

While the Montgomery County government doesn’t spur local economic growth, the data in a comparison with Fort Bend County reveals that the County’s massive spending and taxes have had a profound negative impact on median family income levels

Image: Fort Bend County, Texas, mostly southwest of the big city of Houston. Conroe and Rosenberg, July 16 – Comparing Montgomery County, north of Houston and Harris County, to Fort Bend County, mostly southwest of Houston and Harris County, reveals a striking conclusion: while the Montgomery County government has obviously failed to spur economic development, […]

Montgomery County government spending grossly out-of-control in comparison to similar Texas counties

Montgomery County government spending grossly out-of-control in comparison to similar Texas counties

Image: Beautiful Montgomery County, Texas, birthplace of the Texas Flag and the home to 556,000 or so really nice people. Conroe, July 15 – The Montgomery County government’s spending growth is staggering in comparison to similar Texas counties. The Golden Hammer gathered data from four counties often compared to Montgomery County to observe whether Montgomery County […]