Image: State Representative Steve Toth, Republican of Conroe, isn’t happy after the Montgomery Central Appraisal District applied its “nuclear tax hike” methodology to his commercial property in Magnolia. (If you have complaints about your property tax appraisal, which is a property tax increase, The Golden Hammer recommends you call MCAD Chairman Bruce Tough at 713.504.3828. The MCAD Board sets the appraisal policy so that MCAD’s bureaucrats can hike your taxes while allowing elected officials to hide behind those tax increases.)
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Magnolia and Conroe, April 21 – The Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD), infinitely greedy for more property tax dollars through appraisal hikes, may have applied its “nuclear tax hike” methodology to the wrong taxpayer, State Representative Steve Toth, a member of the powerful Texas House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. Better than that, Toth is one of the main advocates for abolishing appraisal districts altogether.
Perhaps, Toth and his colleagues in the Texas House will have the motivation to remove the yolk of MCAD appraisal tax hikes from Texas citizens forever when the 87th Texas Legislative Session convenes in January, 2021.
Toth owns a 2.765 acre tract of land, which had a tax appraisal of $245,880 last year. MCAD decided to raise Toth’s tax appraisal – and, of course, the amount of taxes he’ll pay – by 28.5% to $315,930.
Toth had a lot to say when he provided an exclusive interview to The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper. “At a time when most small businesses in Texas are reeling and getting the message from the government that ‘the check is in the mail,’ and we’ve all maxed out our credit cards to hold onto employees, only to find out the government Small Business Payroll Protection Program is out of money, it’s bad enough. In our community, the MCAD sent out these ridiculous appraisals on our businesses. Every small business across Texas is feeling this pain. It’s the ultimate slap in the face to the people who create 80% of the jobs, small businesspeople like me and my wife.”
“In our community, the MCAD sent out these ridiculous appraisals on our businesses. Every small business across Texas is feeling this pain. It’s the ultimate slap in the face to the people who create 80% of the jobs, small businesspeople like me and my wife.” – – State Representative Steve Toth, Republican of Conroe, upon receiving his Notice of Tax Appraisal from the Montgomery Central Appraisal District, April 20, 2020.
The Texas Freedom Caucus welcomed Representative Toth as their newest member during a meeting held last Friday. The caucus now contains eleven members, all of which rank among the top fifteen conservatives in the Texas House of Representatives.
“We’re very happy to have Representative Toth join the Texas Freedom Caucus,” said Representative Mayes Middleton, Chair of the Caucus. “Steve has never been afraid to stand up for liberty, even under tremendous amounts of political pressure. That’s exactly the spirit we need next session to lead Texas out of this crisis, while liberals try to push for even bigger, more wasteful government as a response to the economic downturn. His ability to clearly and succinctly explain basic principles of conservatism will help us immensely in that fight next session.”
Representative Matt Schaefer, Vice-Chair of the caucus, also congratulated Toth: “Steve is solid. He has been in the trenches in the private sector and in the conservative movement. He loves God and he loves liberty. We are better off with Steve Toth beside us, and we are excited to have him on board.”
Representative Toth described what motivated him to join: “My mission is to boldly fight alongside all freedom-loving conservatives to revitalize personal and economic freedoms in Texas. I’m happy to join the Texas Freedom Caucus after seeing them work on many of the same goals that I have been pushing towards since the beginning of my public service in 2013. I’m grateful for their welcome and look forward to working together to help Texans recover and reopen. Let’s get to work.”
The Texas Freedom Caucus’s mission, according to its leaders, is “to amplify the voice of liberty-minded, grassroots Texans who want bold action to protect life, strengthen families, defend the U.S. and Texas Bills of Rights, restrain government, and revitalize personal and economic freedoms in the State of Texas.”