Conroe, January 3 – Montgomery County Judge candidate Mark Keough released numbers from the Montgomery Central Appraisal District which showed the fact that Montgomery County property taxes from the County government increased by 16% for the average homeowner during the first two years during which County Judge Craig Doyal presided over the Commissioners Court. Doyal became the County Judge on January 1, 2015.
The numbers Keough, who is currently serving as State Representative, District 15, released show that, even with the tiny one cent tax rate reduction, which Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack pushed through the Commissioners Court in 2016, average County government property taxes for each home in Montgomery County increased from $1,084.62 in 2014 to $1,253.95 only two years later, a sixteen percent (16%) increase.
The massive increases in actual property tax burden, which Montgomery County taxpayers have suffered during the Doyal-era as county judge, are the result of Doyal’s refusal to reduce governmental expenditures in the budget. In fact, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget includes the largest governmental expenditure budget in the history of Montgomery County.
Doyal has refused to reduce spending and clearly has overseen a major hike in County property taxes, while Keough has committed to substantial spending reductions once he becomes the Montgomery County Judge.