Doyal’s “budget office” proposal fraught with perils

Doyal’s “budget office” proposal fraught with perils

Image: The Budget Office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is little more than a political tool for the government to attempt to fool the citizens into believing that the government’s officials care about their use of public funds. Sadly, Montgomery County’s “budget office” appears headed towards the same pattern. Conroe, August 2 – There […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BREAKING NEWS: Richie Porte in high-speed crash in Tour de France

CHAMBERY, France (AP) — Richie Porte, who was one of the top contenders in the Tour de France, has suffered a terrifying high-speed crash on Stage 9 of the race. The Australian missed a downhill bend, cartwheeling across the road and bowling over another rider, Dan Martin, before hitting a grassy bank. Porte was stretchered […]

Board of District Judges rejects County Auditor’s request for pay raise

Conroe, July 6 – The Board of District Judges emphatically rejected County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s request for a pay raise and voted to keep her salary the same, regardless of whether every other employee in Montgomery County’s government receives a cost of living pay raise or not. The vote, which occurred during the Board’s meeting […]

Employee payroll confidentiality breaches emanate from County Treasurer Davenport’s office (the Davenports, Part 15)

Conroe, July 5 – County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport’s office, and its payroll group in particular, have become the clear sources of troubling leaks of confidential employee payroll information over the past few months. Rather than performing the Treasurer’s payroll function for obvious administrative reasons, it appears that Davenport has turned the County Treasurer’s office into […]

County Auditor Martin left out important facts in request for salary increase to Board of District Judges

Conroe, June 29 – When Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin presented a secretive memorandum to the Board of District Judges on June 26, 2017, in which she requested a raise, Martin left out some pretty critical information about her position and about her department in comparison to the other twelve County Auditors mentioned in her […]

This week’s outrage: with the Montgomery County government’s spending totally out of control, the one official who’s seeking a salary increase is none other than the Chief Budget Officer (County Auditor)!

This week’s outrage: with the Montgomery County government’s spending totally out of control, the one official who’s seeking a salary increase is none other than the Chief Budget Officer (County Auditor)!

Image: County Auditor and Chief Budget Officer Phyllis Martin. Conroe, June 27 – With Montgomery County government spending exploding out of control with a 424% increase since 2000 and with a complete failure of Montgomery County’s Auditor Department to follow generally accepted accounting principles – to the degree that 435th District Judge Patty Maginnis had […]

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 […]

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