Conroe, February 6 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal issued a directive today to all Montgomery County elected officials and department heads to “keep our county budget growth in line with the growth of the county’s population and inflation.” The written directive also mentioned that Doyal personally was offering taxpayers property tax relief “to assist as they struggle with rising property values on their homes.” Doyal specifically instructed each County department to “hold the line on spending” but it’s unclear whether Doyal wants to limit spending growth to a certain amount over the $381 million budget in the present Fiscal Year 2017.
Since 2000, the entire duration when Doyal has held County elected office the County’s budget has grown 424%, while Montgomery County’s population growth has been less than 90%. The ratio between the County’s spending and the County’s population growth makes Montgomery County’s explosive spending growth one of the most out-of-control in the entire United States.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack has called for a five percent (5%) across-the-board spending reduction from all County departments. Doyal claimed in a February 1 press release that “fiscal conservatism” means growing government spending.
Noack told The Golden Hammer this afternoon, “I had hoped that Judge Doyal would understand that our taxpayers are demanding property tax relief and spending reductions. “In order for it to be meaningful, a reduction in spending is necessary.”
A Citizens Budget Committee, operating outside of the Montgomery County government and its politicians, is working through details to propose a detailed Montgomery County Budget by the end of May which will include $100 million in spending reductions but also substantial increases in the law enforcement department budgets which would offset the reductions up to $40 million, for a net savings to Montgomery County taxpayers of at least $60 million. Such spending reductions would come with no reduction in services to County citizens.
Doyal attempted once again to convince the elected officials and County department heads, who received his written directive today, that “fiscal conservative” means to grow the county budget. Doyal has taken no action to examine whether spending reductions are advisable, possible, or would result in greater efficiency.