Montgomery County’s Appraisal District gorging itself on its own high appraisals, seeks massive budget increase

Montgomery County’s Appraisal District gorging itself on its own high appraisals, seeks massive budget increase

Image: Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors member and County Commissioner Charlie Riley.

Conroe, June 20 – Enjoying the fruits of its own massive appraisal increases, the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD) plans a massive spending increase of $1,838,375, or 15.93%, for Fiscal Year 2018 over its 2017 operating budget. MCAD’s Board of Directors comprised of Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, former Precinct 3 County Commissioner Ed Chance, Bruce Tough, and Tom Cox, conducted a budget workshop with the District’s staff already and intends to conduct a “public hearing” on the 2018 Budget on August 24, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the District’s Board Room at 109 Gladstell in Conroe.

It should make taxpayers who are suffering at the hands of MCAD’s ridiculous and politically-charged appraisal increases particularly happy to know the fundamental attitude of MCAD’s Board of Directors is “We all strive to produce the best product for the taxpayers of Montgomery County through all the hurdles that are presented to us.” In other words, all of those appraisal increases, particularly in the more socioeconomically-challenged areas of Montgomery County, are a symbol of MCAD striving to produce the “best product.”

“Best product” is propaganda-speak for “higher taxes so government can continue to spend more and more money.”

What does MCAD want the massive spending increases for?

First, MCAD’s Board of Directors, under the leadership of Riley and Meador, want 3% merit raises for the MCAD staff, even though many other governmental entities are tightening their salary belts and even though private sector taxpayers are generally suffering very challenging economic times.

Second, and most shockingly, MCAD seeks additional appraisal staff so that MCAD may more aggressively pursue appraisal increases to raise taxes on Montgomery County’s beleaguered citizens. MCAD wants to hire five (5) more experienced appraisers to go after taxpayers’ homes. Frighteningly, MCAD seeks to apply Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices to Montgomery County homes, so that tax appraisals will likely skyrocket.

In order to support all of those tax increases MCAD’s Board – including Riley and Meador – seeks, the MCAD wants to add a new IT/Data Processing person so that taxing units will receive tax data faster, to increase MCAD’s networking capabilities, and to add one new mapping technician to the team of grim reapers assessing new ways to take hard-earned money away from people. MCAD also wants to spend $125,000 on a mobile field office to “enable appraisers to complete their job duties in a more efficient manor (sic) and increase productivity.”

With all of the new positions and salary increases, of course, staff benefits will also need to rise as will the cost of insurance.

Since MCAD anticipates nearly open warfare as it seeks to tax people out of the values of their homes, the District wants to increase the days the paid Appraisal Review Board meets. MCAD also has assured the taxing entities who depend upon it to raise taxes as swiftly as possible to place as much of the County’s appraisal roll under constant review as much as possible. MCAD hopes that 95% of all homes and other properties will receive valuation reviews – also known as “increases” – each year. MCAD also projects that its legal services and arbitration budget will need to increase so that the District is better armed to fight against taxpayers who dare question the massive increases.

The final insult to the taxpayers

The MCAD Board under the leadership of Riley, Meador, and Chance seeks to spend substantial funds to buy new office furniture, a new mapping plotter, and system servers.

As taxpayers have to sell their homes and the contents within them to meet the demands of the 129 taxing authorities in Montgomery County, MCAD plans to make its permanent office – and its brand new mobile office – as plush as possible.

 

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