Montgomery County Budget Office recommends spending, tax increase for FY 2020: “This is one of the best budgets I’ve done in my 8 years”

Montgomery County Budget Office recommends spending, tax increase for FY 2020: “This is one of the best budgets I’ve done in my 8 years”

Image: Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough and the four Montgomery County Commissioners are riding the Montgomery County Budget to complete destruction, as they plummet to another tax increase for Fiscal Year 2020 while giving themselves a nice fat pay raise!

Conroe, July 10 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court will likely increase taxes, increase spending, and reward themselves for that lazy approach to government by giving themselves a fat pay raise!

Receiving compliments from pro-tax, pro-spending Commissioners Charlie Riley (Precinct 2) and Mike Meador (Precinct 1), Budget Office Director Amanda Carter presented a recommended budget of $366.7 million, as she proclaimed “This is one of the best budgets I’ve done in my 8 years.”

The recommended budget of $366.7 million for Fiscal Year 2020 is up 6.4% from the $344.6 million budget, which the Commissioners Court adopted for Fiscal Year 2019.

Carter noted that the Consumer Price Index is 1.8%. She also claimed that the Houston-Galveston Area Council has put Montgomery County’s population at 590,325, up 3.5% from the previous year. Therefore, even under disgraced former Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s “ceiling” or Commissioner James Noack’s (Precinct 3) “yardstick,” spending for Fiscal Year 2020 should not be more than $362.9 million.

In other words, Carter and the Commissioners Court plan to burst through the ceiling of spending. Perhaps, a better way to describe the situation is that Carter and the Commissioners Court are accelerating to the Earth while riding a fiscal nuclear bomb which will explode once they pull all Montgomery County citizens to the Earth’s surface with them.

How Carter and the Commissioners Court intend to raise spending

Carter held extensive meetings with members of the Commissioners Court and with County Department heads prior to presentation of her recommended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

Carter presented her recommended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget in secret, because she failed to make the lengthy document available to the public.

Carter’s Cover Page for the recommended Budget secretly told the Commissioners Court members:

This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $8,452,437, which is a 3.76 percent increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $7,000,884.02.

That deceptive smaller increase comes from the fact the Commissioners Court has passed about $19 million of “budget amendments” during Fiscal Year 2019 to increase the budget along the way, so that, at the time when they actually hold public budget hearings, the increases will appear smaller. In fact, this method of increasing the budget is a violation of the notice and hearing provisions of the Texas Local Government Code. Nevertheless, readers should remember that they’re reading about Montgomery County, “the most corrupt County in all of Texas.”

Borrowing methods of outright deception and lying from the Conroe Independent School District, Carter and members of the Commissioners Court claim that they’re lowering the tax rate from $0.4667 per $100 valuation to $0.4457 per $100 valuation is a “decrease,” when they’re actually increasing property tax valuations by 7.5% in taxable values, according to Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae.

To summarize, Montgomery County taxpayers are suffering a 7.5% increase in property tax appraisal, while their property tax rate is only declining 4.99%, so that taxpayers will suffer a substantial increase in the amount of taxes they actually pay to the County government. This sad state of affairs arises from the circumstance that none of Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, Riley, Noack, Meador, or corrupt Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts have taken any actions to reduce wasteful spending or find any inefficiencies in the County government.

To summarize, Montgomery County taxpayers are suffering a 7.5% increase in property tax appraisal, while their property tax rate is only declining 4.99%, so that taxpayers will suffer a substantial increase in the amount of taxes they actually pay to the County government. This sad state of affairs arises from the circumstance that none of Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, Riley, Noack, Meador, or corrupt Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts have taken any actions to reduce wasteful spending or find any inefficiencies in the County government.

The spending increases include:

  • A 1.9% across-the-board pay increase for every County government employee, including, of course, the elected servants, which will cost taxpayers $2.7 million;
  • Increasing $3.5 million spent on contract positions;
  • Increasing by $2.6 million the amount spent on capital projects;
  • Increasing by $284,000 retiree health insurance benefits;
  • Increasing by $2.4 million other employee benefits;
  • Spending $265,000 more in workers compensation.

The spending increases provide no additional services whatsoever.

In reality, the spending increases are substantially worse than they at first appear. Carter’s recommended budget benefits from the $1.9 million in debt defeasance the Commissioners Court approved after Noack proposed the concept.

Noack’s reaction; Keough follows

Noack responded negatively to Carter’s recommended budget.

“My hope was to see a budget lower than last year’s budget. Without a decrease in spending, I’m not sure how supportive I’m going to be for this budget,” Noack said.

Judge Keough said, “I concur with Commissioner Noack.”

Riley said in regard to Carter’s proposal to increase spending, “Great job. I don’t know how we’ll get by without increases.” Meador agreed

Metts has previously expressed his support for increased funding and higher taxes.

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