Conroe, July 24 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has bent over backwards to ensure that citizen participation will be minimal during his budget process. While the citizens are at the top of the organizational chart in the American system of government, Doyal has removed their participation altogether. Only County bureaucrats may speak to the elitist Craig Doyal and his arrogant Commissioners Court colleagues, with one major exception that Doyal has carved.
The posted agenda for Doyal’s “budget workshop” closed to public participation tells the whole story:
“THE COMMISSIONERS COURT OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TEXAS, WILL MEET AND HEAR THE BUDGET REQUESTS FROM VARIOUS COUNTY DEPARTMENTS AND ELIGIBLE ENTITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018/2019…” (Emphasis added.)
In other words, Doyal only wants to hear from County bureaucrats who want more and more government spending to occur. Nevertheless, Doyal also wants to hear from “eligible entities.”
Who are “eligible entities” who are not County Departments but fall within Doyal’s grace? They’re Doyal’s political cronies, such as Terri Jaggers, who takes County tax dollars and places them into her private entities. Doyal has a list of non-governmental organizations to which, for political reasons, he’s willing to share the citizens’ tax dollars.
What is very clear is that an “eligible entity” is not a private citizen. Doyal favors government spending. Those “eligible entities” are those private groups who have provided him with political support ($$$$$) and who have supported Doyal’s massive growth of the County government both during his failed term as County Judge and during his previous years as the Precinct 2 County Commissioner.
Citizens should most certainly expect bad things to happen. Neither Doyal, members of the Commissioners Court, nor anyone else in the bureaucratic Montgomery County government exercise any oversight over County Departments. Therefore, Department directors will appear before the Commissioners Court with spending wish lists that Doyal and his cohorts will evaluate using only one criterion: do they have enough money?
Ultimately, despite a citizen mandate for reform, lower taxes, and lower government spending in Montgomery County, citizens should be wary of this budget process. Doyal instructed the department directors not to include requests for salary increases in their budget proposals. Instead, Doyal has privately told several individuals in the County government, who have confirmed that fact with this newspaper under the condition of anonymity, that he intends to give across-the-board salary increases on the last day of the budget workshop and that he’ll even raise the tax rate to get it done.
Citizens aren’t “eligible entities,” so Doyal has silenced them during the budget workshop. Doyal and County Auditor Phyllis Martin now treat Budget Office Director Amanda Carter as though she is an administrative assistant working directly for the County Auditor’s Office.
Clearly, the citizens have no voice in the elitist Montgomery County government.