Conroe, July 16 – After a citizen requested information about how citizens generally may participate in the upcoming “budget hearings” of the Montgomery County government, Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack and Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, “The People’s Judge,” rose to the task to ensure the people have a voice.
Noack contacted the County Judge’s Office early Monday morning to request the scheduling of a workshop on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., in the Commissioners Courtroom on the Fourth Floor of the Sadler Administration Building at 501 North Thompson Street in Conroe. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court will begin its formal “budget hearings” on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the conclusion of the regular Commissioners Court meeting.
Approximately three hours later, Judge Keough set a public workshop on Monday July 29, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., in the Commissioners Court room to allow members of the public an opportunity to provide input ahead of the Court’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget workshops which will begin the next day.
“In an effort to ensure all members of the public have an opportunity to give input into how their tax dollars will be spent, I join Commissioner Noack in calling for a public workshop ahead of our week long budget workshops. As County Judge, I have the ability to call a special meeting of Commissioners Court and have done so in this instance to ensure the public has every opportunity to participate and provide feedback to members of Commissioners Court,” Keough explained.
The budget hearings usually are the County bureaucrats’ version of a visit to Santa Claus where County Department heads, nonprofit organizations, and Jimmie C. Edwards will attend the Commissioners Court to beg for more of the taxpayers’ money. The Commissioners Court regularly ignores the needs of the largest “department” of the County government – the citizens – who appear at the top of the government’s organizational chart. Instead, the Commissioners Court usually focuses upon bureaucratic needs in a vacuum of financial destruction of families and the futures of citizens through over-taxation.
If the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the Montgomery County Government is higher than $361,106,553.17, then Mark Keough, Charlie Riley, James Noack, James Metts, and Mike Meador have imposed a TAX INCREASE on Montgomery County citizens, regardless of whatever deceptive terminology they may choose about “tax rates” or “tax decrease.”
Unfortunately, the preliminary budget, which Budget Director Amanda Carter has proposed is $5,547,258.83 higher than that number.
What the number, $361,106,553.17, represents is the “effective tax rate,” which is the tax rate multiplied by the average property tax appraisal increase on existing Montgomery County property subject to property taxes to yield the same amount of taxes which the average Montgomery County taxpayer has paid under the current budget. In other words, that budget amount is the amount the County government could spend which would require you to pay no more than your current County government tax bill, if you are the average taxpayer in our community.