Image: Woodlands attorney Bruce Tough, Chairman of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District’s Board of Directors, is the “King of Taxation” of Montgomery County. Tough is leading the Appraisal District to yolk Montgomery County citizens with a higher Appraisal District spending budget and higher property taxes .
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, June 29 – Despite a declining rate of inflation, i.e., falling prices, in the United States Consumer Price Index, as a result of the government-mandated shutdown of the American economy in response to the government panic over the Chinese Coronavirus, the leading taxation authority in Montgomery County, the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD), has decided to seek an increase in spending. Beleaguered taxpayers in Montgomery County won’t get a break at all, because MCAD is seeking an increase in its spending budget as well as working vociferously to increase property tax appraisals, despite the government-instigated destruction of the local, state, and national economy.
It’s not a surprising development considering the membership of the MCAD Board of Directors, which sets policies for the anti-citizen governmental entity. The Chairman of the MCAD Board is none other than Bruce Tough, known as the “King of Taxation,” the Woodlands attorney and former member of the Woodlands Township and Conroe Independent School District Boards.
Chief MCAD Appraiser Tony Belinoski announced a requested two percent (2%) increase in MCAD’s Operating Budget to $12,196,023, in a secret letter he sent to taxing jurisdictions in Montgomery County. This newspaper obtained the documents from a confidential source who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal.
One elected official, Bob Bagley, however, fearless commented on MCAD’s proposed government spending increase. “How in the world can MCAD ask for a spending increase when the citizens of Montgomery County are suffering mightily as a result of government’s overreaction to the COVID-19 situation? The economy is dying. People can’t pay their bills. Hard working people are losing their jobs and can’t pay their rent. Yet the Appraisal District wants to increase spending?!” Bagley told The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper in an exclusive interview yesterday. Bagley serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Hospital District and on the Board of the Chateau Woods MUD.
The biggest category expenditure increase in MCAD’s proposed budget is in “Supplies,” from $264,400 in the current year to $361,900 in the coming Fiscal Year, a 36.9% increase. Personnel expenditures will decline slightly as a result of retirements with personnel replacement at slightly lower salaries, but even that expenditure is only declining 0.5%. MCAD proposes to pay the Appraisal Review Board more than $108,000 more than the current year, for a total payment of $488,000, quite a high cost of loyalty to ensure appraisal protests fail.
MCAD has steadily increase Appraised Values in Montgomery County at least since 2000. Current Appraised Values are $82.1 billion. The proposed increases for the coming year of property tax bills continues to grow tax collections at more than a 5% annual rate.
Chief Appraisal Tony Belinoski will receive a salary of $159,650, plus benefits of $57,243, for total compensation of $216,893, which means he’ll continue to receive approximately three times the median family income in Montgomery County. It’s no wonder that Belinoski has no heart for the average citizen in this community.
The MCAD has budgeted spending more than $1.08 million in attorney fees during Fiscal Year 2021. School Districts pay 55% of the budget in proportion to their tax collections, while the County government pays 16%, utility district 12 %, cities 6%, and others the remainder.
The Montgomery County government will have to pay MCAD $2,203,063.90 while the Conroe ISD will have to pay $3,903,886.49. The City of Conroe will have to pay $338,908.54, while the Woodlands Township will have to pay $319,707.42.