New Caney, February 8 – In a significant change in his approach, and after a review of county spending, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark is also asking Montgomery County to provide relief for taxpayers through a general homestead exemption as well as a 5 percent budget reduction. “I am asking that all Montgomery County Department Heads identify the areas through which such a budget reduction is possible,” said Commissioner Clark. “After much thought and deliberation with the residents of my precinct, they are feeling the burden of these taxes and the only way we can provide relief is through serious spending reform.”
Clark’s call for spending reductions contradict the calls of County Judge Craig Doyal who wants increased spending in the Montgomery County budget at the rate of the growth in population and inflation.
A 5 percent budget cut across every Montgomery County department would reduce its total budget by nearly $19 million. Commissioner Clark will submit the Precinct 4 budget with at least a 5 percent reduction during the 2017-2018 budget hearings. “While I understand the need for increased law enforcement (boots on the ground), road construction, repair and drainage, now is the time to buckle down and make some tough decisions sorely needed to begin the cuts somewhere in order to obtain the money necessary needed for public safety and infrastructure,” Clark said.
Clark added, “The time has come to make some changes in our way of doing business.” Our method of budgeting is out of control. This year I am looking for department heads to come and tell the court what they have done to cut their budget for the coming year. I will lead by example by cutting my precinct 4 budget by a minimum of 5 percent. Commissioner Noack has committed to do this as well. I look forward to working with all department heads and elected officials on ways we can bring about spending reform throughout Montgomery County.”
Clark’s stated change in his attitude provides significant hope for Montgomery County taxpayers. Although a 5% spending reduction for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget is actually quite minimal, Clark’s recognition of the spending problem in this community is refreshing.