Conroe, February 12 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s duplicity concerning why he wants to continue levying tolls on the State Highway 242 flyovers reveals the simple truth: Doyal loves tollroads for the money. As both he and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador have repeatedly said in the Commissioners Court, they support the TX 249 Tollway, which the Texas Department of Transportation has made clear they’d build as a free road if Doyal didn’t force Montgomery County to build the TX 249 extension as a tollway, for the money it will bring to the County.
Doyal clearly loves tollroads, because he seeks to levy as much money as possible to support government spending growth without limit.
Doyal’s lies about the SH 242 flyovers
Doyal has had trouble keeping his story straight about why he wants to continue to toll Montgomery County citizens to use the two SH 242 flyovers at the Interstate 45 intersection, even though the taxpayers have paid the debt off for those roads.
On January 23, 2018, during a candidate forum in The Woodlands, Doyal had an interesting exchange with conservative reform candidate for County Judge, Mark Keough, who is presently one of the most conservative state legislators in the Texas House of Representatives.
During the Texas Patriots PAC candidate debate, each of the candidates for Montgomery County Judge in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election had the opportunity to ask the other candidate a question. Doyal began with a silly question, “What’s your favorite movie?”
Keough, who has emphasized that he’ll fight for taxpayer rights during the electoral debates, answered, “Rambo.”
Keough then posed a far more serious question to Doyal, “Now that the tollroad for the bridges on State Highway 242 is paid off, are you going to keep taxing us on that road?”
Doyal answered, “It’s not a tax; it’s a fee. It’s not paid off, because we still have a commitment to maintain the facility.”
Keough: “Now that the tollroad for the bridges on State Highway 242 is paid off, are you going to keep taxing us on that road?”
Doyal: “It’s not a tax; it’s a fee. It’s not paid off, because we still have a commitment to maintain the facility.”
On February 11, 2018, Doyal’s answer had changed, since Doyal sadly discovered that the citizens of this community didn’t fall for his excuse concerning maintenance of the flyovers, since those maintenance costs are minimal and already within the Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 Commissioner’s road and bridge budgets.
Therefore, Doyal changed his answer when the Courier blog asked him the exact same question as Keough had asked on January 23.
Here’s what the blog wrote in quoting Doyal’s latest attempt to cling to the tolls:
“But according to County Judge Craig Doyal, revenue from the tolled flyovers will fund the third connector at the intersection that will move traffic from Interstate 45 north to eastbound on Texas 242.
“‘We have committed to TxDOT to do the third connector,'” Doyal said. “‘We should honor the commitment.'”
Incredibly, now Doyal views the bureaucrats in the TxDOT state agency as people to whom he must “honor the commitment.” Doyal didn’t mention anything about “the commitment to maintain the facility.” Now, the “commitment” has moved from maintaining two very short existing roads to building a new one.
In both answers, Doyal failed to explain why the County government couldn’t just take the money Doyal has assured the citizens the County will get back after Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Meador took more than $13 million of County general revenue funds and blown them on the TX 249 Tollway project. Doyal has promised the citizens he’ll repay the $13 million once the TX 249 Tollway revenue bonds are issued or once the County turns the whole project back to the State of Texas and receives reimbursement for the folly.
For once, Doyal ought to come clean with Montgomery County’s citizens. He wants as much money as possible to support government spending growth without limit.