Guest Editorial: It’s time to get the eye back on the ball

Guest Editorial: It’s time to get the eye back on the ball

Image: The giant eyeball of watchful citizens? Eric Yollick, Former Publisher, The Golden Hammer, and Guest Editorialist It’s time for the citizens of Montgomery County to get the eye back on the ball of government spending. Watching and reporting about abusive government spending has been the core mission of The Golden Hammer. This newspaper will return to […]

Conroe ISD engages in secretive, feckless budget process with Board acting as “PowerPoint Zombies”

Conroe ISD engages in secretive, feckless budget process with Board acting as “PowerPoint Zombies”

Image: The entirety of the actual proposed budget, which the Board of Trustees of the Conroe Independent School District review and approved, is one page long. The Board acts as little more than “PowerPoint Zombies.” Conroe, September 3 – It almost seems impossible, but the Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) Board of Trustees actually makes […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court to vote on $336.6 Million Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 on Wednesday

Conroe, September 2 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, formally to adopt the Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Rate and to adopt the Budget. The meeting will begin with a public hearing affording citizens the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget, which Budget Director Amanda Carter […]

Woodlands Township Board conducts public hearing on proposed property tax rate increase, as Snyder, others urge adoption of “effective tax rate” so no increase occurs

The Woodlands, August 29 – The Woodlands Township Board of Directors felt some pushback yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, August 28, 2019, over the proposed property tax rate increase the Board tentatively recommended on August 15. Specifically, Director Ann Snyder and a few citizens who spoke urged the Board to adopt the “effective tax rate” of $0.2240 […]

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District adopts lower spending budget, reduces groundwater pumpage fees, while Director Hardman slams San Jacinto River Authority for raising water prices

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District adopts lower spending budget, reduces groundwater pumpage fees, while Director Hardman slams San Jacinto River Authority for raising water prices

Image: The first citizen-elected Board of Directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, shown during the oath of office ceremony on November 16, 2018, was true to its word to reduce government spending in passing their first budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Shown are, from left to right, State Representative Will Metcalf, Republican of […]

Cook, Wertz, team of conservative activists vociferously, successfully campaign to cause Conroe ISD to adopt budget below effective rate

Cook, Wertz, team of conservative activists vociferously, successfully campaign to cause Conroe ISD to adopt budget below effective rate

Image: Kelli Cook, of the Willis area, led conservative Republican activists in their successful effort to persuade the Conroe Independent School District to adopt a tax rate lower than the “effective tax rate,” so taxes for the average taxpayer, for the first time in history. Conroe, August 21 – Conservative Republican activists Kelli Cook, John […]

Editorial: Why Conroe ISD voters must crush the $676 million bond, then take over the Conroe ISD board

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer Conroe Independent School District (CISD) voters must crush the $676 million bond on November 5, 2019, and then on November 3, 2020, take over the Conroe ISD board. We’re witnessing the reasons why right before our very eyes. Number One: The Children. Public schools exist for the children. It may sound […]

Conroe ISD Board to pass massive budget, huge Debt Service tax increase, without any meaningful review at Tuesday meeting

Conroe ISD Board to pass massive budget, huge Debt Service tax increase, without any meaningful review at Tuesday meeting

Image: In this deceptive PowerPoint slide, Conroe Independent School District Chief Financial Officer Darren Rice fed the zombie-like school district Board of Trustees a false legal argument in order to manipulate them to increase the Debt Service tax rate in a record jump so the district court attempt to claim the upcoming $676 million bond […]

Despite justifiable spending increases for law enforcement, “People’s Judge” Keough continuing to lead Commissioners Court towards “effective tax rate”

Despite justifiable spending increases for law enforcement, “People’s Judge” Keough continuing to lead Commissioners Court towards “effective tax rate”

Image: Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge,” announced during the Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Commissioners Court meeting that he would not take a salary increase, even if the Commissioners Court votes to increase salaries across-the-board, as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. Conroe, August 1 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court increased […]

Very cohesive Commissioners Court moves forward on Montgomery County government Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Very cohesive Commissioners Court moves forward on Montgomery County government Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Image: Always immensely prepared, Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae presented the certified appraisal numbers to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to begin the second day of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Workshop. The three members of the Commissioners Court who missed the first day of the Budget Workshop were able to find their way […]

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