Montgomery County Tax Office’s “Budget Highlights” mailed with tax statements misleading

Conroe, October 29 – On the anniversary of the stock market collapse in 1929 (October 29, 1929) and the centenary of the Communist “October Revolution” in Russia (October 25, 1917), it seems appropriate to discuss the Montgomery County Tax Office’s misleading “Budget Highlights” document (shown below at bottom of article), which Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae […]

Have the Montgomery County Commissioners learned anything? First ratings for Fiscal Year 2018 present ugly picture

Have the Montgomery County Commissioners learned anything? First ratings for Fiscal Year 2018 present ugly picture

Image: This young fellow was obviously very eager to learn to drive. Unfortunately for the citizens of Montgomery County, County Judge Craig Doyal and his colleagues on the Commissioners Court have not shown a similar eagerness to improve or learn. Conroe, October 22 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court held its first meeting of Fiscal […]

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 […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court to make history, intends to pass highest operational expense budget ever!

Montgomery County Commissioners Court to make history, intends to pass highest operational expense budget ever!

Image: Montgomery County Judge Doyal takes his directions from local political boss Marc Davenport. Conroe, August 7 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court intends, after its 4-day “budget workshop” during which County Judge Craig Doyal excluded citizen participation, to make history by passing the highest operational expenditure budget ever. The proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget […]

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 […]

Citizens Budget Committee proposes major administrative spending cuts in County budget, solution to audit mess

Conroe, July 23 – The Citizens Budget Committee, which issued its report on Friday, July 21, 2017, has proposed Montgomery County government spending cuts of approximately $24 million mostly in the general administration departments of the County while maintaining County services at present levels. The Committee also proposed a method of resolving the failure of […]

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 […]

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 Judge Craig Doyal hammering taxpayers with gamesmanship with his own Departmental budget proposal

Conroe, June 15 – After two-and-a-half weeks of delay, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal finally relented and produced his proposed budget for his County Judge Department for Fiscal Year 2018 to The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, in response to an Open Records Act request. Doyal’s proposal hammers the taxpayers and explains why […]