Image: Hard charging conservative Republican activist and Precinct Chair Jennie Stephenson, who authored the “Taxpayers Fight Back” Resolution.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, October 2 – The Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee, composed of the Precinct Chairs whom the voters elected, voted unanimously to oppose the $677 Million Conroe Independent School District (CISD) bond, which the CISD Board of Trustees has set for a voter referendum on November 5, 2019. The Republican Party vote occurred at a quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee. The vote in favor of the resolution was 40 to 0 with 2 abstentions.
Jennie Stephenson, a highly respected Precinct Chair from within the Conroe ISD, and a renowned conservative activist, was the author of the Resolution. The resolution both opposes the Conroe ISD bond and supports the passage of the Constitutional Amendment which will be on the ballot to ban a state income tax in Texas forever, Proposition 4.
Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed told this newspaper, “Taxpayers are fighting back against out of control government spending. We are in the midst of a taxpayer revolution, and the Montgomery County Republican Party is leading the fight. With the resolution passed by the executive committee tonight opposing the state income tax and bloated CISD bond, the MCRP has once again shown that we don’t just talk the talk about being conservative- we walk the walk and actually put our limited government principles into action.”
“Taxpayers are fighting back against out of control government spending. We are in the midst of a taxpayer revolution, and the Montgomery County Republican Party is leading the fight. With the resolution passed by the executive committee tonight opposing the state income tax and bloated CISD bond, the MCRP has once again shown that we don’t just talk the talk about being conservative- we walk the walk and actually put our limited government principles into action.” – – Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed
Fred Sunderman, a Precinct Chairman from Spring, added an amendment to condemn CISD for its use of political signs on school campuses. Taxpayers have paid for the signs. The school district has violated criminal laws in the Texas Election Code and a provision of the Texas Education Code by spending tax dollars on the signs and then placing the signs on school campuses.
Texas does not currently have a state income tax. Nevertheless, by adding the Constitutional Amendment, voters will be able to in sure that it is unlikely Texas will ever have a state income tax.
Stephenson told The Golden Hammer in an exclusive interview, “I was very disappointed to see the contents of the new bond and it leaves many of the concerns of the first bond untouched. As for the Constitutional Amendment, having no income tax draws people to Texas to make this great state our home.”
The resolution, which the Republican Party passed, reads as follows:
Taxpayers Fight Back Resolution
(Opposing the CISD bond and supporting Proposition 4)
Whereas the Republican Party of Texas Platform Plank 144 states that “Government spending is out of control at the federal, state and local levels, and action is needed”, and
Whereas Conroe Independent School District (CISD) has placed a $653.7 million bond referendum on the ballot which will increase local government debt and raise taxes (Proposition A), and
Whereas CISD has placed a second bond referendum on the ballot for $23.8 million for astroturf which will further increase debt and interest payments (Proposition B), and
Whereas the latest data from the Texas Comptroller’s Office website shows that CISD already owes $1.3 BILLION of principal debt plus interest of almost $645 million which adds up to a total payment due of nearly $1.9 BILLION from the taxpayers, and
Whereas some of the bond money will not go towards building new schools or renovations but will go towards waste and unnecessary projects that will not improve educational outcomes such as dance floors, mirrors and an air soft gun range, for example.
Whereas there is no evidence that a sinking fund is being established to manage maintenance costs in a more responsible way, causing too much maintenance to be financed, increasing debt and interest payments, and
Whereas interest payments buy nothing for the children and line the pockets of the bankers, and
Whereas the CISD bond is neither conservative nor fiscally responsible and is not in line with the principles of the Republican Party, and
Whereas the proposed Constitutional Amendment prohibiting enactment of a state income tax is in line with Republican Party principles of limiting potential tax increases, and
Whereas Texas is one of seven states without an income tax and this is a benefit to her residents but the property tax in Texas is one of the highest in those seven states and further Texas is already one of the highest taxed states, and therefore
Be it resolved that the Montgomery County Republican Party opposes both CISD Proposition A and Proposition B and supports the proposed Constitutional Amendment to permanently ban a state income tax, all appearing on the ballot of the upcoming November 5 election.
Be it further resolved that the Montgomery County Republican Party opposes condemns CISD’s use of political signs on school campuses to advocate for the bond, as CISD continues to do.
Passed this 1st day of October, 2019 by the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Republican Party of Texas.