Conroe and The Woodlands, October 24 – With Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack spearheading the discussion, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court made clear that a transition to a municipality by the Woodlands Township would be substantially more costly than some presently believe. “I want to clarify some mis-information,” Noack said during the regular meeting of the Commissioners Court on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
Noack explained that one of the major misconceptions about incorporation of The Woodlands is the belief that Woodlands residents would no longer be subject to County government taxes, if The Woodlands were to incorporate. “County taxes don’t go away,” Noack made clear.
Noack also said that some individuals inside of the Woodlands Township believe that the County government could take care of roadways inside of The Woodlands, even if the Township were to incorporate as a city. “The County cannot take care of roadways. Any road maintenance by a County government in a city would be subject to fees.”
Noack spoke of the Township’s leadership: “They want daily maintenance, but there has been no consideration of how much we’ll have to charge them for that.”
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough added that there have been no formal agreements yet between the Township and the County government which set the cost of any County government services the Township might want. “Part of this rhetoric is from the Township campaign currently going on,” Keough said.
Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley agreed. “They’re asking for something that we’ve never done,” Riley said, referring to the County government providing full road maintenance service to an incorporated city.
Noack said, “No one wants to work a hardship for a smooth transition to an incorporated city.”
Noack noted that while the Township pays for certain equipment for the contract law enforcement officers who work in The Woodlands, the County government owns the vehicles Sheriff’s Deputies drive and also the law enforcement building in Town Center.
“I want to make this work, but we have to have a realistic understanding of the costs of incorporation,” Noack told this newspaper later.