Image: GOP Precinct Chair Ginger Russell points to the iconic statues which The Golden Hammer presented to the Montgomery County government this afternoon, as renowned political activist Kelli Cook and Montgomery County Hospital District Board member and Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley follow the proceedings. Russell was pointing specifically at her favorite of the statues, entitled “Charlie,” which sat atop the back and wings of the lower statute, “Craig.”
Conroe, September 8 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, presented two iconic statues to the Montgomery County government this afternoon, September 8, 2017, in commemoration of the massive budget the Montgomery County Commissioners Court adopted by a 4 to 1 vote on September 5.
The County Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 contains $295 million of operational expenditures, the highest spending in the history of Montgomery County’s government. The only reason the total spending declined by $19 million was because the debt service portion of the budget went down $21 million, although County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, and Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack found $2 million of brand new spending programs to add. One of the spending programs is a $300,000 per year “budget office” which will have three employees, no purpose whatsoever, a water cooler, no goals, and several thousand dollars per year for travel expenses.
The statues, named “Craig” (the larger one) and “Charlie” (the smaller one riding on the back and wings of the larger one), came with a message: “SPENDING CUT MASCOTS – Pigs Will Fly When MoCo Government Reduces Budget Pork.”
“SPENDING CUT MASCOTS – Pigs Will Fly When MoCo Government Reduces Budget Pork.“
GOP Precinct Chair Ginger Russell, renowned political activist Kelli Cook, and Montgomery County Hospital District Board member and Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley attended the proceedings. Russell found particular favor with the “Charlie” statue, as Riley happens to be her County Commissioner, although he has blocked her from communicating with him after Russell had the unmitigated gall to ask Riley a question about the condition of a road.