Citizens Budget Committee issues final report, calls for $17 million in spending reductions, 8.66% tax rate reduction!

Citizens Budget Committee issues final report, calls for $17 million in spending reductions, 8.66% tax rate reduction!

Image: The Citizens Budget Committee appeared before the July 10, 2018, Montgomery County Commissioners Court to provide its preliminary report, which such presentation County Judge Craig Doyal would not permit to occur, even though the presentation was on the officially-approved Agenda for the meeting. The Citizens Budget Committee released its Final Report on Monday, July 23, 2018. Members shown in photograph, left to right: Rachael Manganiello Jones, Vice Chairman Bill O’Sullivan, Kelli Cook, Spokesman Adrian Kaiser, Ginger Russell, and John Hill Wertz.

Conroe, July 23 – The Citizens Budget Committee issued a “Fairness to Taxpayers” final report that calls for $17 million in net spending reductions and a reduction of 8.66 percent in the County government tax rate to .4295 per $100 valuation. The 82-page Committee report comes after the Committee members devoted more the 3,500 man-hours of study, research, and drafting time.

That tax rate reduction assumes that property tax appraisals are static, which actually is not accurate, due to the aggressive pro-taxation reappraisal policies that Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador pushed, while they served on the Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors, resulting in gigantic tax increases for property owners through appraisal increases. As a result of the stratospheric reappraisals, if the Montgomery County government were to lower spending in accordance with the Citizens Budget Committee report, then the tax rate could actually be quite a bit lower than .4295 per $100 valuation to meet the taxes needed to fund the County government.

The Citizens Budget Committee has set a goal of reducing Montgomery County government spending by $100 million within four years, but increasing law enforcement spending and a capital fund by $20 million each, for a net reduction in the size of the County government by $60 million. As the following table shows, citizens should focus particularly on four numbers for the upcoming budget workshop the Commissioners Court is holding beginning on Tuesday, July 24, 2018:

  • The current Fiscal Year adopted budget was $325,524,551, although the actual spending is considerably higher due to hundreds of budget amendments from the sloppily-drafted budget;
  • County government departments requested a total of $357,811,807 of spending;
  • The Budget Office director, Amanda Carter, pared down the requests for Fiscal Year 2019 to $336,453,649; and
  • The Citizens Budget Committee has recommended a Fiscal Year 2019 Budget of $311, 173,618.
Comparison table showing (1) current Fiscal Year 2018 adopted budget for Montgomery County government, (2) requested departmental budgets for Fiscal Year 2019, (3) the Budget Office’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and (4) the Citizens Budget Committee recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.

The Citizens Budget Committee met all of its budget reduction goals this year while reviewing and supporting every single law enforcement department’s budget request, including, without limitation, the Sheriff’s Office which has requested additional funds to meet its manpower requirements for public safety.

The Citizens Budget Committee met all of its budget reduction goals this year while reviewing and supporting every single law enforcement department’s budget request, including, without limitation, the Sheriff’s Office which has requested additional funds to meet its manpower requirements for public safety.

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador have taken particularly extra care to ignore all of the Citizens Budget Committee recommendations, even though the Committee puts far more effort into the budget than they do. At the July 10, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting, Doyal, Riley, and Meador refused even to allow Committee spokesman Adrian Kaiser to present the Committee’s report, even though Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark had placed presentation of the report on the official agenda for the meeting. Doyal even created a special new procedural rule rudely to block Kaiser from presenting the report that was an agenda item.

The Citizens Budget Committee carefully examined every County Department and followed a modified zero-based budgeting approach. To the contrary, Doyal has followed the bureaucratic game of “baseline budgeting” which merely adds to each department’s budget from the previous year’s budget. As a result with a substantial reduction in property value increases, mainly due to skyrocketing tax rates that have slowed the County’s growth, Doyal and his pro-spending allies have less money with which to increase the budget than in previous years.

Montgomery County’s reputation for corruption and spiraling property taxes has caught up with the growth and has begun to scare families away from moving into this community.

The Citizens Budget Committee’s purpose is to reduce the size of the County government, lower property taxes, and provide Montgomery County with the full potential to thrive on the wonderful natural resources and environs this community should enjoy.

The entire Citizens Budget Committee report, introductory section, follows. PLEASE CLICK ON EACH PAGE IN ORDER TO READ A CLEAR RESOLUTION OF IT.

ADDITIONALLY, here’s a .pdf file of the entire Citizens Budget Committee report immediately below, which includes each and every department budget, as the Committee has recommended.

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Cover Page of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.
Page 1 of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.
Page 2 of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.
Page 3 of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.
Page 4 of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.
Page 5 of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.
Page 6 of Citizens Budget Committee Report, 2018.

The remaining pages are the departmental pages of the Citizens Budget Committee report showing the detail for all departments. You may view them in the .pdf file above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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