County Auditor Martin creates bureaucratic accounting snafu for Precinct 3 Constable Gable

Conroe, October 2 – Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable’s request to carry forward unused salary and benefit funds from his Constable Precinct 3 operating funds gave rise to quite the bureacratic snafu at the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court. Fortunately, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack suggested a solution […]

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 […]

Doyal, Martin strenuously seek to exclude public participation in budget process

Conroe, August 27 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and County Auditor Phyllis Martin have taken some unusual steps to exclude the public from participating in the County budget process. The so-called “public hearings” that the Commissioners Court conducted on August 8 and August 22, 2017, shouldn’t fool anyone; they weren’t really public hearings, because […]

Montgomery County’s “budget office” scam (shhhh…it’s just another excuse to raise government spending…)

Montgomery County’s “budget office” scam (shhhh…it’s just another excuse to raise government spending…)

Conroe, August 26 – The new Montgomery County government “budget office” is nothing other than a scam, an excuse to raise County government spending by at least $301,000 per year. Just think about how much money that is: the median annual family earnings in Montgomery County, Texas, is $68,838 per year. The Commissioners Court intends […]

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 […]

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