Conroe and The Woodlands, June 26 – Tonight, on the motion of Woodlands Township Director John McMullan, the Woodlands Township Board of Directors will consider whether to adopt a homestead exemption of 20% or less for The Woodlands Township.
The Montgomery County government adopted the 20% homestead exemption in 2017 after citizen activist Kelli Cook fiercely lobbied for adoption of the measure. Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack authored the exemption on the Commissioners Court while former County Commissioner Jim Clark joined with Noack in supporting the measure. At first, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley voted against a homestead exemption in February, 2017, but Riley changed his mind and voted for the measure to allow it to pass in March, 2017.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, one day before the Woodlands Township vote, Noack urged the Township and other taxing entities to follow suit and provide the same tax relief to Montgomery County residents.
Noack said, “Judge, a couple of years ago, this Court took the positive step of passing a 20% homestead exemption for Montgomery County residents. As different taxing entities throughout the County move through their budget process, I know some are going to be considering taking that same action.” He continued, “I want to public encourage all taxing entities in Montgomery County to work towards passing a 20% homestead exemption. It’s important for all of our citizens. It’s something where this Court has taken the lead on. I think maybe two or three or four entities have followed. I hope they all do in the very near future.”
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge,” agreed: “That’s an excellent point. Thank you very much for those comments, especially as we move into the budget session.”
The Woodlands Township Board meets tonight to consider whether to give residents of The Woodlands some relief from property taxes through the proposed homestead exemption. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at 2801 Technology Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381. Whether the Township Board adopts the 20% homestead exemption will be an important test of whether the Township Board will look for ways to reduce the burden of taxes, as they seem to head towards incorporation of The Woodlands as a city.