The Woodlands, May 3 – Since Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has waffled in giving any direction to County Department heads for how to find budget cuts for the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, and others, including Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, have even questioned whether to cut the County’s profligate spending at all, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack has taken the lead. Noack sent a letter to all Montgomery County Department heads today.
Noack acknowledged, “The public has made it clear that they want to see lower property taxes.”
He also uttered some classic conservative philosophy:
“The public asked for, and the court granted a 20 percent homestead exemption and a disabled exemption. Each of us are public servants. By definition, we are in the service of the public. Our very jobs, our careers, are funded by the taxpayer.”
Noack requested that each County Department reduce spending in their proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budgets by 5 percent. He noted in his letter that the homestead exemptions return $28,412,824 to the taxpayers during the coming Fiscal Year out of the $377 million (bloated) budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Nevertheless, the County will also see an increase of – at least – $17,540,704 just from new property values (from new properties on the tax rolls and, of course, from the tax increases which Charlie Riley, Mike Meador, and their fellow Appraisal District Board members have imposed). Therefore, Commissioner Noack called for spending reductions of at least $10,872,120.
Noack stated that he and Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw are happy to meet with Department heads to provided needed assistance in budget-cutting.
The Commissioner concluded his letter, “Any individual abdication of their responsibility to assist in this endeavor is not acceptable to me or the taxpayer.”