Board of District Judges to meet today (Friday, August 10) for County Auditor Budget hearing; unclear if they’ll finally fulfill the Noack-Doyal promise to cut Auditor’s budget by at least $300K

Board of District Judges to meet today (Friday, August 10) for County Auditor Budget hearing; unclear if they’ll finally fulfill the Noack-Doyal promise to cut Auditor’s budget by at least $300K

Image: Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin. Conroe, August 10 – The Board of District Judges of Montgomery County will meet today, Friday, August 10, 2018, at High Noon, in the 2nd Floor Overflow Courtroom (southeast corner) of the Main Courthouse, 301 North Thompson Street, Conroe, to review and approve a budget for the Montgomery County […]

Citizen oversight of financial action of Board of District Judges set to begin on Friday, August 10, at 12 noon, when they finally address County Auditor’s salary, budget

Conroe, July 21 – The Board of District Judges will finally have the long-awaited opportunity to make their financial mark on the Montgomery County government when they meet on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 12 noon, in the Overflow Courtroom (the old 410th) in the southeast corner of the Main Courthouse, Second Floor. The Board […]

Montgomery County’s Budget Office boondoggle: as the County Commissioners Court, District Judges point fingers at each other, taxpayers bear the cost

[Publisher’s hint: it’s the Commissioners Court’s fault, not the fault of the Board of District Judge.] Conroe, July 20 – The whole creation of a Budget Office in the Montgomery County government appears to be the latest scam to create a placeholder to continue to tax Montgomery County citizens. Events at the July 10, 2018, […]

Montgomery County Auditor Martin fails to take charge of her own department budget

Montgomery County Auditor Martin fails to take charge of her own department budget

Image: Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin. Conroe, June 29 – If there’s any County Department director who should have the ability to reduce her departmental budget for Fiscal Year 2019, it’s Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin. Incredibly, however, Martin has not reduced any of her proposed operational expenses and is seeking a salary increase for […]

District Judge Robin’s extraordinary presentation to Commissioners Court asking for “external assessment” of County Auditor Martin suggests Robin may be next “rock star” in Montgomery County politics

District Judge Robin’s extraordinary presentation to Commissioners Court asking for “external assessment” of County Auditor Martin suggests Robin may be next “rock star” in Montgomery County politics

Image: 410th District Judge Jennifer Robin during her presentation to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on April 10, 2018. Standing next to Judge Robin is Nathan Jensen, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Court Administration. Conroe, April 16 – 410th District Judge Jennifer Robin made a remarkable presentation to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court […]

Board of District Judges votes to recommend external assessment of Montgomery County Auditor, sets procedures for County Auditor’s budget, possible re-appointment

Conroe, March 29 – A very conscientious but tiny contingent of the Montgomery County Board of District Judges held an open meeting today to discuss procedures for evaluating the work of Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin, who works for them, and for determining whether they should re-appoint Martin to another two-year term at the end […]

Editorial: The Board of District Judges should immediately terminate County Auditor Phyllis Martin for the “Up-YOU-affer”

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer The Board of District Judges should terminate Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin immediately for her publication and use of County government tax dollars for a public advertising announcement which she calls the PAFR and which she ought to call the UPUIAFR (pronounced Up-YOU-affer) for “UnPopular Unnecessary Insulting Annual Financial Report.” The […]

Doyal seeks to ensure County spending after he’s gone with secretive hiring of Montgomery County Budget Director along with more than $300K of spending

Conroe, March 19 – In two secret Executive Sessions, outside of the permitted actions in such meetings under the Texas Open Meetings Act, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has led the Commissioners Court to hire a Budget Director to head up a new County bureaucracy under the name of the “Budget Office.” The citizens of […]

Major County financial reporting and manipulation issue erupts during District Judge debate, portends need for reforms during 2018

Major County financial reporting and manipulation issue erupts during District Judge debate, portends need for reforms during 2018

Image: Moderator Paul Gebolys and candidates Jo Ann Linzer and Kristin Bays enjoy a laugh, as they discuss the doctrine of reliction under Texas law, before the beginning of the first 284th District Judge candidate forum of the 2018 election cycle and Shenandoah City Hall on January 4, 2018. Conroe, January 5 – A major issue […]