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 […]

Doyal, Mack, and cronies seek to silence the citizens, the citizens should silence them back at the ballot box

Conroe, July 29 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and other “establishment” elected officials are making a concerted effort to silence citizens who dare to seek to provide input into the County government. Near the conclusion of the so-called 4-day “budget workshop” that was little more than each Department director announcing that she or he […]

Doyal, Commissioners Court impose tax increase (with increased appraisals), utterly fail to cut County government spending, keep tax rate at $0.4667 per $100

Doyal, Commissioners Court impose tax increase (with increased appraisals), utterly fail to cut County government spending, keep tax rate at $0.4667 per $100

Image: The explosive spending growth of the Montgomery County government under County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador has gone nuclear. They’ve done nothing to manage the operations of the County government. While they’ve slept (or played golf), the citizens have paid taxes. Conroe, July […]

County Budget Workshop redux: The Golden Hammer Award, Meador remembers, Meador forgets, Tammy’s numbers, the scorecard, what they don’t know, the sad librarians

Conroe, July 27 – The Montgomery County Commissioner Court “Budget Workshop” continued on Thursday, July 27, 2017, with County Judge Craig Doyal and the Commissioners. For the taxpayers, it was a depressing affair all the way around. Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador has obviously never found a program on which he would restrain himself […]

County Judge’s proclaimed spending reduction is actually Noack’s, Clark’s spending reduction!

County Judge’s proclaimed spending reduction is actually Noack’s, Clark’s spending reduction!

Image: Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable (back to camera) speaking to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Thursday, July 27, 2018. Court members, left to right, Jim Clark (Precinct 4), James Noack (Precinct 3), Judge Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley (Precinct 2), and Mike Meador (Precinct 1). Conroe, July 27 – County Judge Craig Doyal and […]

Toll Road, Spending Overshadow July 25 Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, July 25 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting on July 25, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., involves a 14-page secretive “consent” agenda, a few mundane “open” agenda items, but then massive County government spending on the Tx-249 Tollway and the Animal Shelter. Agenda Item 9A1: 81 pages of $5,590,798 of payments will receive no […]

How do the Montgomery County Commissioners Court members grade 3/4ths through this Fiscal Year?

How do the Montgomery County Commissioners Court members grade 3/4ths through this Fiscal Year?

Image: A “bell curve.” Conroe, July 21 – Now that the 2017 Fiscal Year is three-fourths complete, Montgomery County citizens should ask how the Commissioners Court make the grade? The Golden Hammer has compiled a rating system for every Commissioners Court meeting and every vote in those meetings since October 1, 2016, the beginning of the […]

Meet Commissioner Mike Meador’s true constituents: engineers $$$

Conroe, July 20 – While sparse attendance and a morose tone accented Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s “Inside Camp Party” annual fundraiser on May 18, 2017, at the Civic Center in Conroe, the contributors behind the small amount of funds which he raised for such an event did, in fact, show Meador’s true colors. […]