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 […]

Perils of the People with Lame Duck Doyal, Part 2: $pending $25 Million on Enterpri$e Re$ource Planning

Perils of the People with Lame Duck Doyal, Part 2: $pending $25 Million on Enterpri$e Re$ource Planning

Image: A meeting of the Montgomery County government’s Enterprise Resource Planning working group. The victim is a “citizen.” Conroe, March 13 – Because Montgomery County voters effectively elect their candidates in the Republican Primary Election, this community faces the peril of lame duck elected officials who stay in office for more than nine full months […]

Power Top Ten Runners-Up: Keough, Martin, Hayden, Bunch, Toth

Conroe, December 27 – State Representative Mark Keough who is running for Montgomery County Judge, County Auditor Phyllis Martin, Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch, and former State Representative Steve Toth who is running for his legislative seat again in the 2018 Republican Primary Election are the “Runners-Up” for the […]

Montgomery County Auditor Martin spurs Commissioners Court to spring $25,000 for fancy office for temporary committee meetings

Conroe, December 17 – County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s double-speak convinced the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to spend $25,000 on an office-space buildout on the third floor of the Sadler Administration Building the need for which is entirely unclear at the present time. While the purpose of the office space would be to provide work space […]

Houston Councilman Parker blames San Jacinto River Authority for “bald-faced lies,” former Representative Toth questions SJRA’s truthfulness

Houston and Conroe, October 24 – Houston City Councilman, who represents District E, which is the Kingwood-North Houston area, accused the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) for “a bald-faced lie” when SJRA claimed on its website and elsewhere after the Harvey storm that “they meet regularly to prepare for storm events.” Martin questioned Harris County […]

County Auditor Martin creates bureaucratic accounting snafu for Precinct 3 Constable Gable

Conroe, October 2 – Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable’s request to carry forward unused salary and benefit funds from his Constable Precinct 3 operating funds gave rise to quite the bureacratic snafu at the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court. Fortunately, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack suggested a solution […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court loses all sense of propriety, passes $328 million budget with highest operational spending in history without meaningful review or public hearing

Montgomery County Commissioners Court loses all sense of propriety, passes $328 million budget with highest operational spending in history without meaningful review or public hearing

Image: Fester Bestertester would fit right in with the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, which passed a $328 million budget for Fiscal Year 2018 without meaningful review and without a public hearing. (Fester Bestertester was one of the great characters of MAD Magazine’s Don Martin.) Conroe, September 6 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court passed a […]

In addition to highest operational expenditure budget in history, Montgomery County Fiscal Year 2018 Budget has many firsts

Conroe, September 2 – The long-awaited “proposed budget” for Fiscal Year 2017 finally appeared for public view on Thursday, August 31, 2017, around 10 a.m. in the morning. That means that citizens, members of the Commissioners Court, and any other interested parties will have less than five days to review a $358 million budget, which […]

Doyal, Martin strenuously seek to exclude public participation in budget process

Conroe, August 27 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and County Auditor Phyllis Martin have taken some unusual steps to exclude the public from participating in the County budget process. The so-called “public hearings” that the Commissioners Court conducted on August 8 and August 22, 2017, shouldn’t fool anyone; they weren’t really public hearings, because […]

Montgomery County’s “budget office” scam (shhhh…it’s just another excuse to raise government spending…)

Conroe, August 26 – The new Montgomery County government “budget office” is nothing other than a scam, an excuse to raise County government spending by at least $301,000 per year. Just think about how much money that is: the median annual family earnings in Montgomery County, Texas, is $68,838 per year. The Commissioners Court intends […]