MCRP Agenda for Local Government Reform
Whereas, the Montgomery County Republican Party is the party of reform and limited government, and
Whereas, the focus of the party should be on bold ideas and policies which benefit everyday citizens rather than personalities and petty infighting, and
Whereas, the MCRP should be a strong advocate for reform and limited government, and should take action to encourage the implementation of these policies,
Therefore, be it resolved that the MCRP supports a bold agenda of local government reform, including, but not limited to the following ten major reforms:
1: The MCRP calls on all local governments in Montgomery County to not grow their budgets at a faster rate than population and inflation. [Publisher’s Note: The County government has failed in this regard during 18 of the last 20 years.]
2: Be it resolved that no county, city, or school district elected official or employee should make more than the governor of Texas. [Publisher’s Note: The Governor and Attorney General each receive a salary of $153,750. Montgomery County Commissioners receive salaries more than $20,000 per year higher than those officials.]
3: Be it resolved that the MCRP calls for our legislators to pass appraisal reform limiting property appraisals to fair market value. We oppose the appointment of elected officials of taxing entities to the appraisal board. [Publisher’s Note: For four years, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador were on the policymaking Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors and led the way in raising property tax appraisals substantially.]
4: Be it resolved that the MCRP calls on Montgomery County and all local governments to keep the tax rate at or below the effective tax rate. As appraisals go up, tax rates should go down. [Publisher’s Note: The Montgomery County government passed its first effective tax rate budget in history last year.]
5: Be it resolved that the MCRP opposes wasteful bonds and certificates of obligations. We call on local governments not to issue bonds for maintenance or bonds which would be financed over a longer period than the lifetime of the project being financed.
6: Be it resolved that the MCRP opposes nepotism and conflicts of interest in any form, and opposes the hiring of family members of county elected officials for county jobs. [Publisher’s Note: Three of the five members of the Commissioners Court have hired family members to work for them or for the County government to receive lucrative salaries and benefits. Nepotism is rampant throughout the County government.]
7: Be it resolved that the MCRP calls for transparency and ethics in campaign finance, and opposes the practice of county commissioners taking campaign contributions from engineering firms and county contractors, or any other person or entity who would benefit from contracts from the county. We call on county commissioners to recuse themselves from votes involving contributors to their campaigns. [Publisher’s Note: If there is anything which has caused inflation of County government spending in Montgomery County, it is the practice of allowing vendors to give campaign contributions to members of the Commissioners Court in return for receiving lucrative County contracts.]
8: Be it resolved that the MCRP opposes the expansion of toll roads into Montgomery County without voter approval. We call on the county to remove all tolls after the cost of the road has been paid off. [Publisher’s Note: Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley led the effort to build the unpopular TX-249 Tollway Extension, even though the Texas Department of Transportation had made clear it would have built the road as a free road instead.]
9: Be it resolved that the MCRP calls on Montgomery County and all government entities within Montgomery County to adopt zero based budgeting, and to cut waste and spending, while prioritizing funding for infrastructure and law enforcement.
10: Be it resolved that the MCRP, as the party of opportunity, supports free markets and opposes lockdowns and other policies by county or city governments which would prevent free citizens or business from engaging in commerce and earning a living. [Publisher’s Note: During the Chinese Coronavirus threat, the County Judge unilaterally imposed orders closing businesses and locking people in their homes without any legal authority to take those actions and in violation of the United States and Texas Constitutions, as many courts have now held.]
Image: Outgoing Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed (left with back partly to camera) led thunderous applause for outgoing Chairman Wally Wilkerson (right in background) at the Republican Party’s County Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, June 19 – At their last meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Party’s (MCRP) County Executive Committee (CEC) on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, outgoing Chairman Wally Wilkerson and outgoing Vice Chairman Reagan Reed showed enormous unity and respect for one another. They marked the last meeting of the County Executive Committee before new officials come into office with passage of a “historical resolution putting forth a bold agenda for local government reform” in Montgomery County, according to Reed who spoke with this newspaper in an exclusive interview.
The resolution contained, in Reed’s words, “ten specific, common sense reforms which would revolutionize the way Montgomery County operates, making it more pro-citizen and pro-taxpayer.” Significantly, the resolution, which the Precinct Chairs of the CEC passed unanimously with Wilkerson’s leadership and Reed’s authorship, condemned the government lockdowns which the Montgomery County Judge and other local government officials in Texas imposed during the Chinese Coronavirus threat to decimate the economy, destroy many small businesses, and throw many families and individuals into unemployment.
Reed told The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, “…the MCRP executive committee passed a historic resolution putting forth a bold agenda for local government reform. The Republican Party should be the party of ideas and liberty, and should focus on policies that limit government and promote individual freedom. I strongly believe that the Party is strongest when we focus on ideas and policies, rather than personalities and petty feuds.”
Reed commended Wilkerson for Wilkerson’s dedication to the Party during his 56 years in office as MCRP Chairman. “I would also like to thank Dr. Wally for his years of service. Even though we didn’t always see eye to eye, I respect his commitment to the party and wish him all the best in his retirement. Presiding over the unanimous adoption of this reform resolution is a good end to his legacy,” Reed explained during the interview.
Reed suggested that Montgomery County has “an opportunity to be a shining example of limited, effective governance that the entire state could look up to.” Reed said, “Although I am scaling back my political involvement, I am definitely not going anywhere. I’m looking forward to working with anyone who is willing to help make these ten reforms a reality.”
Reed’s Resolution follows: