Montgomery County Commissioners Court hides massive private nonprofit organization funding in excess of $1.5 million on super-secret “consent agenda” for Tuesday, September 28, meeting

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, who pled guilty to DWI on February 24, 2021.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Conroe, September 28 – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, who promised when he ran for office that he would clean up the corruption in the Montgomery County government, has done little more than attempt to hide it. To that end, Keough placed his proposal to spend $1,573,398, on local nonprofit organizations, always very controversial because it constitutes forced “charity,” on the Tuesday, September 28, 2021, “consent agenda,” the super-secret portion of the Commissioners Court agenda, which they don’t discuss but merely approve without any consideration or deliberation.

Keough’s predecessor, former Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, would never place an item on the “consent agenda,” if it involved expenditures in excess of $50,000. Keough’s placement of the nonprofit funding on the secretive portion of the Commissioners Court meeting may be the largest “consent agenda” item in the history of the Montgomery County government.

Keough’s proposal would force County taxpayers to give charity to State agencies, which already receive their funding from tax dollars. Those agencies include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare, and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Rather than requiring several nonprofit organizations from having to raise the funds directly from private donors, Keough has picked and chosen his favorite nonprofit organizations to whom he would give forced contributions of tax dollars. Montgomery County has hundreds of nonprofit organizations, which are worthy of contributions, but Keough has selected eight (8) politically-connected nonprofits to receive County government largesse.

Since Keough placed the item on the secretive part of the meeting, there will likely be no public discussion.

The full list of favored State agencies and charities follows:Access Builds Children, $20,000, promotes families and visitation for children.

Tri-County Behavorial Healthcare, $211,525, provides mental health treatment for patients from Liberty County, Walker County, and Montgomery County.

Veterans Memorial Commission, $150,000, for construction of a city park, which has displaced homeless veterans and which honors current elected officials, former Montgomery County Judge Jimmy Edwards, and any veteran who pays to receive the “honor” in the park.

Children’s Safe Harbor, $200,000, works to provide safety for children in Montgomery County.

Meals On Wheels, $269,844, works to provide meals to the elderly in Montgomery County.

Crisis Assistance Center, $219,124, works to provide crisis assistance in Montgomery County.

Family Promise, $50,000, helping homeless people.

Montgomery County Youth Services, $407,905, helping youth.

Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, $15,000, State agency, duplicates responsibility of San Jacinto River Authority by providing soil conservation services.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, $5,000, State agency, provides game wardens in Montgomery County and elsewhere.

Montgomery County Women’s Center, $25,000, provides family protection services to women and their children.

 

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