The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, April 23 – “Have you no decency, Mr. Tough? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” this newspaper asks of Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD) Board Chairman Bruce Tough, who oversees the formulation of appraisal policy in Montgomery County by the appraisal district which levels tax increases through increases in tax appraisals. MCAD just issued Notices of Tax Appraisals throughout Montgomery County and has shown its intent – and Tough’s intent – to raise property taxes enormously on Montgomery County citizens struggling to make ends meet in the face of the government-mandated Chinese Coronavirus Depression.
On June 9, 1954, Joseph Welch, the Chief Counsel to the United States Army, confronted United States Senator Joseph McCarthy during the “Army-McCarthy Hearings” before the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations with the question, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” That question brought down public opinion on McCarthy and ultimately ended McCarthy’s rein of terror against outspoken Americans.
Perhaps, it’s time for Montgomery County citizens – and the Texas Legislature under the leadership of State Representative Steve Toth (Republican of Conroe) and Senator Brandon Creighton (Republican of Conroe) – to end MCAD’s and all appraisal district’s reins of taxation terror by abolishing appraisal districts once and for all during the upcoming 87th Legislative Session in early 2021.
There are two striking examples of tax appraisal increases, which reveal how arbitrary and merciless Tough and MCAD actually are.
Example #1: Steve Toth
Toth owns a 2.76 acre commercial property in the Magnolia area. It has an old rotting house on it.
In 2018, MCAD appraised the property at $185,050. In 2019, MCAD raised the tax appraisal to $245,880.
In 2020, however, Tough and MCAD could not control their level of raw greed. They increased Toth’s tax appraisal to $315,930.
That’s a 70.73% increase in Toth’s property taxes in just two years!
It’s important to remember that the amount of property taxes arise from the product of the tax appraisal and the tax rate:
Tax Appraisal x Tax Rate = Property Tax Amount.
Clearly, neither Tough nor MCAD have shown any sense of decency towards Toth (or his 600,000 closest neighbors in Montgomery County.)
Example #2: Gary and Teresa Bergman
Gary and Teresa Bergman live in a mobile home on their 1.21 acre lot in northeast Conroe. The Bergmans haven’t made any particular improvements to their property or to their aging mobile home.
MCAD and Tough appraised the Bergmans’ property in 2019 at the value of $48,170.
In 2020, however, Tough and MCAD revealed their complete lack of decency by raising the Bergmans’ tax valuation to $73,160!!! That’s a 51.88% increase in one year!!!!!!!
The only thing which helps the Bergmans is that they claim the property as their homestead, so there is a cap to their tax assessment which will top off at $52,990, or 10%. But what it reveals is that the Bergmans will suffer tax increases at the maximum ten percent (10%) amount on their aging homestead for many years to come.
Even in the face of the Chinese Coronavirus Depression, Tough, MCAD, and money-hungry governmental entities are merciless and indecent.