Guest Editorialist Nick Vonas: The Case for Electing Appraisal District Officials

Publisher’s Note: Nick Vonas’ excellent Guest Editorial is very timely, as local political activists are currently working with State Representative Steve Toth, Republican of Conroe, on legislation to require election of the policy-mkaing Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Guest Writer Nick Vonas’ Introductory Comment: The Golden Hammer has been an integral part of […]

Businessman Tibbs angers Montgomery County Commissioners Court members by telling the truth that they get favorable treatment on their property tax appraisals from the Appraisal District

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, September 11 – Local businessman Dennis Tibbs spoke at the September 8, 2020, Special Meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and drew the ire of three of the five Court members – Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, County Judge Mark Keough, and Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts – […]

Guest Editorial: Nick Vonas, MCAD applied absurd valuation methodology in order to increase taxes

Nick Vonas, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer First, thank you for your story regarding the assessment increases from Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD). I believe that significant public resistance is long overdue. We have also been affected by the increase in valuation, especially the ridiculous methodology this year of the sudden and unrealistic increases in […]

Montgomery County citizens face crushing tax hike, while government salaries (even for those not working) remain in stratosphere

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, April 20 – In the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in American history, brought down on the heads of Montgomery County taxpayers when government entities ordered a Constitutionally-questionable “shutdown” or “lockdown” of businesses and turned going to work into a criminal activity rather than the core […]

Commissioners Court to nominate four Appraisal District Director candidates on August 27 in what is arguably most important election of all

Conroe, August 26 – On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court will begin its participation in one of the single most important elections: the policy-making Board of Directors of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD). Taxpayers don’t get a direct vote in the election. Only governmental entities which collect property taxes get […]

O’Sullivan the Sage addresses “appraisal creep” before Commissioners Court

Conroe, April 25 – “The Sage” returned from his recovery after back surgery and related ailments to address the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, about one of the most pressing issues pending before the citizens of Montgomery County. Bill “The Sage” O’Sullivan spoke to the Commissioners Court about the failure of […]

Editorial: As citizens gain power again, we must watch the actions of all public servants, even those whom we like (e.g. Noack)

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer As citizens regain power, we must watch the actions of all public servants, even those whom we like. Yesterday afternoon, this newspaper discovered serendipitously through four different sources that Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack made a purely political decision to hire Courier blog editor Andy Dubois as his Operations […]

Although Meador, Riley claim complete befuddlement regarding Appraisal District Budget, they do seem to understand conflicts of interest

Although Meador, Riley claim complete befuddlement regarding Appraisal District Budget, they do seem to understand conflicts of interest

Image: Montgomery Central Appraisal District Directors Mike Meador, who is also Precinct 1 County Commissioner, and Ed Chance, former Precinct 3 County Commissioner. Conroe, June 29 – At the Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting, Mike Meador, who is both a Montgomery Central Appraisal District (MCAD) Director and Precinct 1 County Commissioner, and Charlie […]

TEXAS MONTHLY GETS ITS “BUM STEER” AWARD BACK

THE ONLY “BUM STEER” AWARD THE GOLDEN HAMMER WILL EVER GIVE: TEXAS MONTHLY GETS ITS AWARD BACK FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT SPENDING EXPLOSION! Conroe, January 15 – The Golden Hammer announced that it was giving Texas Monthly magazine its “Bum Steer” Award right back. The Golden Hammer Publisher Eric Yollick explained, “In 2000, TM gave […]