February 3, The Woodlands – Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack called on every Montgomery County department to reduce its budget by 5% for Fiscal Year 2018. Noack announced the call in a letter he sent to County department heads this afternoon.
“I promised the citizens of Montgomery County that I would be their voice on the Commissioners Court,” said Commissioner Noack. “They are demanding a more conservative and fiscally responsible government so we must exhaust every possibility when it comes to curtailing spending.”
The Fiscal Year 2017 Montgomery County budget is $381 million. A 5% spending reduction would yield just over $19 million in savings.
“I was raised to lead by example, and if I am going to ask our department heads and elected officials to reduce their budgets by 5 percent, I better practice what I preach,” said Noack. Commissioner Noack will submit a budget for his precinct during the 2017-2018 budget hearings with the 5 percent reduction.
“As we explore the feasibility of a 5 percent budget cut, we must also remain practical,” said Commissioner Noack. “I guarantee that neither public safety nor essential services will suffer as we bring about this spending reform.”