While Meador, Martin fight for secrecy, County Attorney Lambright fights to bring transparency to County budget process

While Meador, Martin fight for secrecy, County Attorney Lambright fights to bring transparency to County budget process

Image: Right to left, County Attorney J.D. Lambright, County Attorney’s Administrative Manager Natalie Laurent, December, 2016. Conroe, June 21 – As taxpayers are highly focused on the upcoming budget discussions for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the Montgomery County government, County Attorney J.D. Lambright has become a hero for the cause of transparency, while […]

As Committee on Finance struggles, County Commissioners Court needs to end the County’s misery and appoint a “chief budget officer” independent of politics

Conroe, June 18 – Reports are coming out from inside the Montgomery County Courthouse that the three-member Committee on Finance is struggling. 435th District Judge Patty Maginnis appointed three full-time accountants – James Wiggins, Brenda Webb, and Landon Estay – to conduct a full examination audit of Montgomery County. Chapter 111 of the Texas Local […]

After a rough start, a “feel good” story about pockets of transparency in the Montgomery County government

After a rough start, a “feel good” story about pockets of transparency in the Montgomery County government

Conroe, June 10 – After a rough start to a mundane Open Records Act/Public Information Act request, certain departments within the Montgomery County government showed a serious commitment to “open government” by responding much faster to a subsequent request than Texas law would ordinarily require. The rapid responses from several County departments reveal a commitment […]

Full Report to Board of District Judges: “Need for an Independent Audit Under Section 115.033 of the Texas Local Government Code”

Memorandum To:                 Honorable Board of Judges                         Honorable Brett Ligon, District Attorney From:           Eric Yollick, Private Citizen Re:                 Need for An Independent Audit Under Section 115.033 of the Texas Local Government Code Date:             December 2, 2016 – – – There are three primary reasons that the Montgomery County Grand Jury should order an independent audit […]

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

Image: United States Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (right), the Senate Republican Leader, arguing with Senator Mike Mansfield (left), the democrat leader, in 1967, a time when Republicans actually against too much government spending. Conroe, May 18 – Arguing about too much government spending, United States Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen once said, “A million here, a […]

May 9 Commissioners Court ratings: a horror show with the good guys (taxpayers) winning in the end; Clark gets highest rating (!)

May 9 Commissioners Court ratings: a horror show with the good guys (taxpayers) winning in the end; Clark gets highest rating (!)

Image: The 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead” was less scary than this past Tuesday’s Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. Conroe, May 11 – The May 9, 2017, County Commissioners Court was a horror show of spending, disorganization, and lack of preparation with one small happy ending. Points are good. COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING […]

County Auditor items highlight mundane “open meeting” for Commissioners Court, because they hid all of the controversial measures on the “consent agenda”; Meador “Camp Party” pics spice up mundanity

Conroe, May 8 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court Agenda for the May 9, 2017, meeting at 9:30 a.m., is rather mundane for the “open meeting” portion, because all of the controversial items are hidden on the “consent agenda” which they Commissioners won’t discuss. The County Auditor’s items, however, do contain potential peril for Montgomery […]

Rep. Keough hails passage of major transparency legislation bill to require county auditors to follow accounting standards

Austin, April 25 – State Representative Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands) hailed the passage of House Bill 1930 as “major transparency legislation that will force counties to comply with national accounting standards.” The short and simple piece of legislation requires that county auditors, such as Montgomery County Phyllis Martin, in counties with a population that exceeds […]

Montgomery County’s FY 2016 financial report highlights County government’s out-of-control spending

Conroe, April 24 – With little fanfare and under the cloak of the secrecy with which Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador have shrouded the County government, on March 28, 2017, County Auditor Phyllis Martin presented Montgomery County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for […]

Noack-Clark-improved “budget packet” still doesn’t give Montgomery County government departments enough guidance to achieve meaningful spending cuts

Conroe, April 16 – After Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark insisted that the “FY 2018 Budget Packet” given to County departments to prepare their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year include direction for spending reductions two weeks earlier, the County Commissioners Court approved an FY 2018 Budget […]

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