Image: Check from Meals on Wheels to Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts for fuel?
Conroe, August 13 – It’s not charity when you’re giving away other people’s money. It’s raw politics, Terri Jaggers style.
Metts has placed the following item on the Commissioners Court agenda: “Consider and approve carrying over remaining contingency funds in FY 2019 to FY 2020 for the funding of the following non-profits: Meals on Wheels- $134,844, Crisis Assistance Center- $109,562, Montgomery County Women’s Center- $6,250 and Montgomery County Youth Services- $203,952.50. Please authorize any and all necessary action to effectuate same.”
The specific reason Metts wants to restore those funds to those programs is that gay activist Jay Stittleburg, the ultraliberal democrat for whom Metts campaigns for Montgomery County Judge in the November, 2018, General Election, is very upset, because Stittleburg is planning to run for office as a democrat in 2020 and believes he’s found a great partisan issue on which to run.
Clearly, the democrat Party of Montgomery County has become the political party of Terri Jaggers.
Jaggers was the “Queen of Orphans,” who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for orphans and children in foster care and convinced the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, primarily Commissioners Charlie Riley and Mike Meador as well as disgraced former County Judge Craig Doyal to give her hundreds of thousands of County tax dollars as well and who then absconded with the funds to pay for her expensive lifestyle with her husband, attorney Pat Jaggers, pay for a home generator for their plush Bentwater home, and pay for vacations and money for at least one of her children.
Riley, Meador, and Doyal used their “judgment” to appoint Jaggers as the CPS/Child Welfare Board President, the position in which she served until her felony conviction and misdemeanor theft conviction for stealing the orphans’ money. In actuality, they loved to party with Jaggers. They loved the way Jaggers gave them stuffed teddy bears. They loved the sweet way Jaggers talked to them. They fell for the confidence treatment.
The lesson the members of the Commissioners Court should have learned from the Jaggers scandal and conviction was three-fold. First, there’s a good reason that Article 11, Section 3, of the Texas Constitution prohibits a county or city from giving funds to private corporations or associations, such as the list of nonprofit groups they’ve forced County taxpayers to support. That reason is that there are an enormous number of nonprofit corporations and associations competing for funds from the community. There is no particular reason that the County government should force taxpayers to give charity.
Second, however, these nonprofit organizations are completely outside of the prying eye of Montgomery County Auditor Rakesh Pandey and his team of internal auditors. How these organizations spend or waste money is outside of County supervision (or lack thereof). There is no excuse for giving away public dollars to private organizations.
Third, there are an unlimited number of worthy charities in Montgomery County, such as:
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which conducts basic research and clinical trials to find cures for the dreaded cancer disease, and which offers communities such as Montgomery County outreach programs to prevent cancer and to help families who have a loved one suffering from cancer. Those outreach programs easily would merit at least $1 million. Why doesn’t the County government provide them with funds?
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provides almost all of its funds for basic research to find cures for lymphoma, leukemia, and other blood diseases. LLS runs a giant “Light the Night” fundraiser each year in Montgomery during October. Why doesn’t the County government cut them a $10,000 check to become a major sponsor so that Charlie and Deanne Riley can ride at the front of the “Light the Night” walk in a golf cart, since we, of course, wouldn’t want them to strain themselves with too much exercise?
- The Homeless Animal Kindness Society (THANKS) is a nonprofit foundation which works diligently to save the lives of homeless dogs, cats, and even more exotic animals. (One of the Board members is a fan of mountain lions.) Why hasn’t the Commissioners Court given them $10,000,000 to start a private animal shelter for all of the homeless animals in Montgomery County?
- Montgomery County United Way supports many local charities.
- CASA Child Advocates provides wonderful programs for children.
- 3L Animal Rescue exists to prevent animal cruelty.
- The Better World Foundation wants to make the world a better place.
- 4H Clubs Youth Foundation brings agricultural education to children. (Just look at what they did for Napoleon Dynamite?)
- The East Texas Dream Center provides homeless families and individuals with a start to restore their lives.
- Aging in Place Foundation assists elderly individuals with aging in place.
- Friends of Texas Wildlife supports wildlife.
- Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center provides blood needs to needy individuals.
- YMCA provides wonderful programs for children and adults.
- Kiwanis International, the Lions Club International, Rotary International, and other similar organizations provide much charity and joy to their members.
- Char Dham Hindu Temple provides Hindu guidance to individuals of all ages.
- Native American Chamber of Commerce represents the business interests of the swelling Native American population in Montgomery County.
Instead of providing funds to all of those organizations, the politically-driven Montgomery County Commissioners Court picks and chooses those organizations with political connections.
What truly doesn’t make sense is that the County government, particularly Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts, treats those organizations like a business. Metts has charged Meals on Wheels of Montgomery County fuel at regular County government prices.
That’s what makes it even stranger that Metts now seeks to bust the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, for which the Commissioners Court already set the property tax rate, and to destroy the remaining contingency funds in Fiscal Year 2019, even though Montgomery County is in the middle of hurricane season.
Specifically, Metts and his ultraliberal cohorts seek to fund politically-connected nonprofit organizations and prevent Montgomery County citizens from choosing charities they wish to fund with their own dollars instead.
James Metts believes he is smarter, wiser, and more worthy of deciding where charity dollars should flow in Montgomery County than the citizens.