Image: The King’s Mansion, 269 Blue Heron Drive, Conroe, Texas, where His Royal Highness Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal resides.
Conroe, June 7 – In corrupt Montgomery County, the King and his Royalty – also known as the Montgomery County Commissioners Court – are largely exempt from the property tax increases that the plebeian citizens suffer at the hands of the Grand Taxation Authority more happy known as the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD). While citizens across Montgomery County are suffering increased appraisals, particularly in East Montgomery County this year, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and the four County Commissioners have enjoyed largely stable appraisal rates. Only one Commissioner, Charlie Riley, suffered an increased appraisal, but there’s an important side story to that as well.
On April 17, 2017, The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, published “It’s Good To Be The King: Craig’s Doyal’s $110,000 House (With His Immediate Next Door Neighbor’s Home Valued At $596,000),” The Golden Hammer, April 17, 2017. Miraculously, the next morning the Appraisal District raised Doyal’s home appraisal to a number closer to what it should have been, $573,020.
In 2018, the Commissioners Court will likely increase spending by approximately $45.7 million for Fiscal Year 2019 and give themselves massive salary raises along with that. They won’t raise they tax rate, because they won’t have to do so. Instead, they’ve increased taxes on Montgomery County property owners through increased property tax appraisals. But an important reason the Commissioners Court is happy to raise spending and not make any effort to reduce the tax rate in order to achieve real tax reductions is that the County Judge and the Commissioners have exempted themselves from the tax increases the rest of us suffer by enjoying flat property tax appraisals.
It’s another miracle!
Here’s how it works for Doyal, the four County Commissioners, Doyal’s pal County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, and Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae.
Doyal – Doyal’s appraisal, for 269 Blue Heron Drive, remained a flat $573,020 for 2018 after this newspaper’s reporting caused his property tax appraisal to increase on April 18, 2017. What’s interesting about Doyal’s appraisal remaining the same as last year, however, is that his next door neighbor at 273 Blue Heron Drive didn’t get the same favorable treatment. Instead, they suffered a 10.4% increase from last year’s appraisal.
Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador – Meador is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District as well as the Precinct 1 County Commissioner. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Meador’s home appraisal stayed flat at $292,780, the same amount it was in 2017.
Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley – Riley is the only member of the Commissioners Court who had a slight increase in his home appraisal, which went from $184,310, to $199,940 in 2018, an 8.5% increase. Interestingly, Riley’s next door neighbor suffered an even higher increase of 9.5%.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack – Noack’s appraisal stayed the same at $595,570 between 2018 and 2017. That’s questionable, however. Noack’s next door neighbor has a slightly smaller home which the MCAD appraised at $611,640.
Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark – While Clark’s valuation appears to have gone up, in actuality it did not. MCAD has now included Clark’s father’s house as a part of Clark’s property, since Clark inherited his father’s home when his father died last year. Clark’s valuation of $134,880 has essentially stayed the same.
County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport – County Treasurer Davenport, who is a close buddy of Doyal and who employs Doyal’s daughter, received a nice reduction in her property tax appraisal from $133, 470 last year to $127,650 this year.
Montgomery County Tax Assessor Collector Tammy McRae – Also not surprising is the fact that County Tax Assessor Collector Tammy McRae enjoyed in reduction in her and her husband’s appraised value from $242,400 to $238,500.
While the regular citizens of Montgomery County must suffer the massive property tax appraisal increases the royal elite impose on us, the royalty are reducing their taxes. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the Commissioners Court seems totally disinterested in reducing County government spending.
There’s an interesting case that will join the Commissioners Court on January 1, 2019. Incoming Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts owns no real property in Montgomery County, and, therefore, pays no property taxes. As a result, it will be interesting to observe whether Metts will take interest in reducing County government spending and whether he’ll just find that subject a bore.
It must be good to be the King and one of his Princes.