Conroe, March 28 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court in a surprise move voted 4 to 1 to adopt a 20% homestead exemption for property taxes beginning Fiscal Year 2018 (which commences October 1, 2017)! Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack had put the item on the agenda after the Commissioners Court rejected the proposal at the February 14, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting. Noack made the motion and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark seconded it.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley then shocked everyone in the Courtroom when he announced, “I promised I’d do my research. I’ve done a bunch of research including looking at other counties, including Brazoria County. I’ve decided this proposal is a good idea. I’m all for it.”
At that point in the meeting, County Judge Craig Doyal followed along with the three of them and voted in favor of the 20% homestead exemption.
Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, a relict of pro-government spending, anti-taxpayer philosophy, was the lone dissenter to vote against the exemption.