Incorporation proponents’ suggestion of assuming 11 MUDs would increase Township property taxes more than 33%

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports The Woodlands, September 20 – Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the Woodlands Township Board member who has become one of the leading mouthpieces in favor of incorporation of The Woodlands as a city, sent an eblast on Monday, September 13, 2021, in which she said, “The city could assume the 11 Woodlands MUDs, eliminating […]

The Woodlands’ leading conservative politician, Commissioner Noack, makes case against incorporation as a city at Tea Party meeting

The Woodlands’ leading conservative politician, Commissioner Noack, makes case against incorporation as a city at Tea Party meeting

Image: Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party at their meeting on Monday, September 6, 2021. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports The Woodlands, September 8 – Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner, the leading conservative politician in The Woodlands, who lives and works inside the Woodlands Township, spoke to […]

Editorial: If Texans see a governmental entity use the word “rate” in a press release about taxes, you know they raised your taxes

Editorial: If Texans see a governmental entity use the word “rate” in a press release about taxes, you know they raised your taxes

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, and Eric Yollick, Editor-in-Chief, The Golden Hammer Texas governments – state and local – are going through their budget processes right now to approve their spending and taxes for the coming Fiscal Year, which usually begins October 1, or their academic year for school districts. Like a recurring dance at high schools, […]

Conservative activist Vonas starts petition calling for Texas property tax appraisal reform

Publisher’s Note: Nick Vonas, who lives in Crighton Ridge in Conroe, has written several articles detailing the problems with appraisal districts across Texas, especially in corrupt Montgomery County (the Montgomery Central Appraisal District). Vonas has continued his writing and actions with a statewide petition he’s begun to bring reform to local appraisal districts, particularly through […]

Editorial: At a minimum, Senate State Affairs Committee should amend HB 1082 to ensure disclosure of local elected officials’ property tax appraisals, history

Editorial: At a minimum, Senate State Affairs Committee should amend HB 1082 to ensure disclosure of local elected officials’ property tax appraisals, history

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, and Eric Yollick, Editor-in-Chief, The Golden Hammer IF THE SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE DOESN’T KILL HOUSE BILL 1082 OUTRIGHT, THEN THEY SHOULD AT LEAST AMEND THE LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE DISCLOSURE OF PROPERTY TAX APPRAISALS AND PROPERTY TAX APPRAISAL HISTORIES FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS (other than law enforcement).  Tomorrow morning, Thursday, April 29, […]

Editorial: House Bill 1082 may be the most anti-citizen, anti-property-tax-reform bill ever passed

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, and Eric Yollick, Editor-in-Chief, The Golden Hammer Yesterday, the Texas House of Representatives, on a unanimous voice vote, passed House Bill 1082, which allows all local elected officials, as well as all members of the Texas Legislature and statewide elected officials to hide their home addresses from the public, especially their local […]

Guest Writer Nick Vonas: Appraisal Districts: Continuing to push a rope

Nick Vonas, Guest Writer to The Golden Hammer On February 5, 2021, The Golden Hammer published “Appraisal Districts: Pushing a Rope,” The Golden Hammer, February 5, 2021 https://thegoldenhammer.net/appraisal-districts-pushing-a-rope/ That previous article details a complaint I filed in early January 2021 with the State Comptroller – Property Tax Division in regards to the practices of the Montgomery County Appraisal District […]

Representative Toth explains his bills in 87th Legislative Session

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Austin, January 17 – State Representative Steve Toth, the Republican from District 15, which comprises The Woodlands and a large chunk of south Montgomery County, was one of the most productive members of the Texas Legislature during the 86th Legislative Session in 2019. He sat down with The Golden […]

Guest Editorial: Property tax appraisals don’t reflect real values

Nick Vonas, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer I wanted to highlight the sudden ridiculous increase in the 2020 appraised land values for Crighton Ridge/Crighton Woods (CR/CW). There may or may not be similar situations in other neighborhoods, but my focus was within my immediate neighborhood. In my opinion this is an unwarranted method of […]

Montgomery County Republican Party sends message to County Commissioners Court: “Don’t raise taxes”

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, September 2 – In the midst of the government-created Chinese Coronavirus economic downturn, people expect taxing entities to offset rising appraisals with lower tax rates. The Montgomery County Republican Party took a strong stand last night against predatory appraisals and the politicians who take advantage of them. After a raucous […]