Conroe, September 25 – The single biggest issue the Montgomery County Commissioners Court will face during its final regular meeting during Fiscal Year 2017 on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, will be Agenda Item 11A: “Consider, Discuss, and Approve Nominees as the County’s Candidates for Election to the Montgomery Central Appraisal District’s Board of Directors 2018-2019 Term.” The County Commissioners Court ought to consider thoroughly anti-government conservative activists, such as Rob Holden and Annell Simcoe as their choices.
Not surprisingly, neither Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, who placed the item on the agenda, nor any written indication on the agenda itself gives any hint of whom Doyal wants to put on the MCAD Board. It’s one of the biggest decisions the Commissioners Court will make this year, because MCAD requires some serious reform.
Currently, the Commissioners Court controls a majority on the five-person MCAD Board. Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador both sit on the MCAD Board along with former Precinct 3 County Commissioner Ed Chance. The MCAD Board has aggressively pushed MCAD to raise property taxes by raising property tax appraisals. Appraisals have grown geometrically during the past five years.
Riley, Meador, and the Commissioners Court need MCAD to continue raising property tax appraisals as quickly as possible, so that they will have more tax dollars to spend each year. Riley, Meador, and Doyal have big plans for the citizens’ money. They hope to (1) expand the Montgomery County Airport despite its lack of use and its failure to bring economic growth to the area around it, (2) build a bigger and newer Tax Office in downtown Conroe to make tax collection swifter so that funds do not remain in the hands of private citizens any longer than absolutely necessary, (3) spend many tens of millions of dollars refurbishing county buildings and perhaps finding the one appropriate property to name after Craig Doyal, (4) spend $15 million on an “enterprise resource planning” software system which the private sector would normally buy for about one-twentieth of that price, (5) build new tollroads and other road projects by which they can funnel money to their top political contributors, (6) increase their salaries as quickly as possible, and (7) expand the County “footprint” so that there will be additional locations to park their private fleet of trailers and other vehicles at the expense of the citizens.
Therefore, for the Commissioners Court the ideal choice for the MCAD Board of Directors would be Riley and Meador.
If the Commissioners Court wished to pay heed to the massive sentiment among the citizens to reduce County spending and local government spending in general, other choices would be more appropriate for the MCAD Board. Doyal and the Commissioners have certainly mouthed that they support property tax reform, even if they’ve fought against it at every turn.
If Doyal, Riley, Meador, Noack, and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark were serious about property tax reform, then anti-government citizens would clearly be the right choice. In other words, the Commissioners Court might want to nominate people for the MCAD Board of Directors who wanted to ensure the government had as little money available to it as possible.
Two individuals recently in the news most clearly come to mind for the MCAD Board of Directors nomination. First, Rob Holden is a longtime conservative political activist in this community. He attends most Tea Party meetings and has gotten involved in several campaigns of other organizations.
At the September 5, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting, Holden was the brave citizen who stared down Doyal and led Riley to utter profanities aloud during the open meeting when Holden dared question the favoritism the MCAD gave to Doyal with respect to the value of his home. Holden would be a fierce advocate for the citizens and doesn’t seem to have conflicts of interest or ulterior motives.
The other choice is Dr. Annell Simcoe, who holds a doctorate in education and was the Dean of the School of Education at Rutgers University before her retirement. Simcoe is a serious intellectual with a community-minded spirit. Simcoe has served on the Vetting Committee of the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC. She and Holden together could probably come to dominate the MCAD Board and bring their property tax appraisal policy to recognize the interests of the citizens rather than the interest of the taxing authorities.