Image: Former Montgomery County Judge Alan B. “Barb” Sadler, one of the most revered political leaders in our community, spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party on Monday, November 18, 2019, concerning “Issues and Threats to the Future of Montgomery County.”
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, November 19 – One of the most revered political leaders in the history of Montgomery County, Alan B. Sadler, the popular former Montgomery County Judge who served in office from 1991 to 2014 (before the dark Craig Doyal era), addressed the Montgomery County Tea Party on Monday, November 18, 2019. The topic of Sadler’s speech was “Issues and Threats to the Future of Montgomery County.”
Before addressing four (4) major threats to the future of Montgomery County, Sadler mentioned that, at present, “things are great here. We have a low crime rate. Life is good.” Nevertheless, he interrupted the celebration with his comment, “But there are things here which could immediately bite us.”
“First and foremost, the main threat to our way of life in this community are democrats. They are making huge strides,” the former County Judge explained. “Fort Bend County went blue almost overnight in the 2018 election.”
Sadler said that “we have to be diligent about democrats, especially in The Woodlands. Many of the new people are democrats.” He noted that there are a lot of democrats who seemed to have voted in the Woodlands Township race and in the Conroe ISD bond election during the November 5, 2019, General Election.
“We can’t let them take our home away from us,” Judge Sadler intoned. “We saw the terrible way they behaved in south Montgomery County during Early Voting. We can’t let that continue.”
“The good news is we have plenty of water. Most other counties don’t have abundant surface water like we do here in Montgomery County,” Sadler said. “The bad news, however, is the price of water,” Sadler said primarily referring to the price-gouging of the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA).
“SJRA issued $600 million in debt to provide us with a water supply. That’s a huge amount of debt,” he explained. “Was $600 million really necessary for that pipeline?”
Sadler also discussed the regulatory debate about groundwater regulation which has ensued at the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District and the Texas Water Development Board. “There have been no definitive studies on how much groundwater is in the ground. There have also been no studies about the extent of subsidence and does that matter?”
Sadler noted that Harris County groundwater producers have pumped groundwater there for a century without deleterious impacts on the surface.
“As far as roads are concerned, we’re doing pretty well compared to other counties. Congestion affects the quality of life,” he said.
Where Sadler was very critical of the Montgomery County government, however, was the current failure since he left office to “leverage other funds from other governmental entities, such as the federal and state governments.”
In a reference without naming him directly, Sadler was critical of Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley, who is supposed to represent Montgomery County on the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The TPC allocates federal and state dollars to local government entities in the Greater Houston region. “We need someone active on the TPC,” Sadler said, clearly referring to Riley’s excessive absenteeism from TPC meetings, which such absences have cost the County tens of millions of dollars in federal and state highway fund allocations.
“We should be getting our fair share of road dollars through the TPC, but we’re not,” Sadler politely noted. “When I was County Judge, we got more than our fair share.’
Sadler identified government itself as a threat to the wellbeing of Montgomery County.
“I’m pleased that the Commissioners Court for the first time in history adopted the effective tax rate, which is the money necessary to raise the exact same dollars as they did they prior budget year,” the former County Judge jubilantly explained. “But there are many spending perils ahead.”
Sadler was sharply critical of the Conroe City Council’s decision to spend $20 million to subsidize development of a new hotel and convention center facility in Conroe. “To have the city contribute that amount of money to something, which private business would have developed, scares me to death.”
“We cannot tolerate government getting outside of its core duties,” Sadler said.
Sadler added, “The Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Municipal Leagues are big threats, because they’re on the side of big counties and cities that want more taxation. They’re against the interest of the citizens who those cities and counties are supposed to represent.”