“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 […]

Time to End Nepotism in the Montgomery County Government

Time to End Nepotism in the Montgomery County Government

Conroe, April 10 – It’s time to end nepotism in the Montgomery County government. In two instances – (1) the “Charlie Riley 2-Step” where he created a new position and then hired his own wife, Deanne, for it, and (2) the immense problems involving the County Treasurer’s Department and the proposal that some still-undisclosed person […]

Airport runway agenda item for Tuesday Commissioners Court meeting great example of Doyal’s, Meador’s, Riley’s tax dollars spending addiction

Conroe, April 9 – The proposal of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley to spend $209,151.00 of unbudgeted tax dollars on runway cleaning and repainting of runway markings at the County Airport, a largely unused facility, is just as outrageous, childish, and irresponsible as a […]

Secrecy, waste, Animal Shelter dominate Commissioners Court’s first agenda since Doyal, Riley struck down one of main provisions of Open Meetings Act

Secrecy, waste, Animal Shelter dominate Commissioners Court’s first agenda since Doyal, Riley struck down one of main provisions of Open Meetings Act

Image: On March 24, 2017, County Judge Craig Doyal held a secret meeting with Animal Shelter Director Charles Jackson (shown here) in which Doyal, with no evidentiary basis whatsoever, confronted Jackson with allegations that he was a “racist,” a “homophone,” and a “bigot.” When Jackson, of course, denied the baseless charges, Doyal sought to secure […]

County Auditor Phyllis Martin, The Golden Hammer’s 8th Most Powerful Person in Montgomery County, garners “The Golden Hammer” on March 28

Conroe, March 28 – County Auditor Phyllis Martin, named the “eighth most powerful person in Montgomery County” at the end of 2016, received “The Golden Hammer Award” at the March 28, 2017, County Commissioners Court meeting. Martin has cost County taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and looks to cost many tens of million more […]