Image: Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport (left), on her way out as Treasurer on December 31, 2018, much to relief of the taxpayers, and County Auditor Phyllis Martin (right), possibly also on her way out, begged the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to spend $14.9 million more on the Enterprise Resource Planning software which confers no benefits to the County government or the taxpayers.
Conroe, August 30 – Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, who lost her re-election in overwhelming landslide fashion on March 6, 2018, and her fellow Davenport Ring member, Phyllis Martin, the County Auditor, received “The Golden Hammer Award” on August 28, 2018, for the massive waste that they’ve forced down the throats of the County government and the taxpayers known as the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.
The entire presentation of “The Golden Hammer Award” to Davenport and Martin follows.
“In immediate cost to the taxpayers, the Enterprise Resource Planning software is a bigger loss than even the TX 249 Tollway.“First, it doesn’t make sense– its proponent Stephanne Davenport couldn’t explain the benefits versus the costs in terms of dollars– its proponent Phyllis Martin couldn’t explain the benefits versus the costs in terms of employees– the County needs a good accounting system right now, not a giant ERP that Fortune 500 companies use in their planning departments– the County needs to buy the advanced version of Quickbooks, which would likely cost $200,000 per year, rather than this ERP monster that will cost the County taxpayers millions per year, if it even works.“Second, the deal stinks.– Stephanne Davenport made clear in January that she was working on this deal in secret– the incoming County Treasurer has been excluded from the process– Phyllis Martin is part of the secrecy and it’s not clear if she’ll even be the County Auditor longer than a few more months– no one has consulted with incoming County Judge Mark Keough or his Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps– there have been no public discussions– the proposed contract still remains a secret.“In terms of straight up systems analysis, there clearly are more important expenditures for which our community needs this money: Sheriff’s patrol officers AND animal control cages that don’t torture dogs and cats in the Texas heat.“Stephanne Davenport and Phyllis Martin get The Golden Hammer. Even if you decide not to proceed with this crazy waste of tax dollars, we’ve wasted over $300,000 in professional fees and approximately $100,000 in building materials for this project for which they can’t even provide any sort of benefit analysis that the taxpayers would save more than the $20 million or so they want us to spend. They’ve hammered the taxpayers.”