Bleeding money: Montgomery County Commissioners Court to focus on higher salaries, spending more tax dollars, despite government-induced COVID-19 depression

Bleeding money: Montgomery County Commissioners Court to focus on higher salaries, spending more tax dollars, despite government-induced COVID-19 depression

Image: Taxpayers are bleeding money, while the Montgomery County Commissioners Court continues to spend as though the County government and Governor never induced a COVID-19 depression. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, May 26 – On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court will continue to act in denial that the County government […]

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 […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court salaries questioned, while economic shutdown orders in place

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, April 7 – The bloated salaries and benefits of the members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court raise major questions, especially during the economic shutdown, which they have spurred. It’s helpful to examine how much they’re costing taxpayers in their salaries and benefits alone and to compare how many individuals, […]

Editorial: We must face the harsh reality of government spending

Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer Despite the promises of “reform”, “fiscal responsibility”, and “conservativism”, there’s a harsh reality to the governance we’ve suffered from both political parties during the past five decades. That reality is that government primarily serves its own hunger for more tax dollars to keep it afloat. When citizens dare question spending […]

Editorial: Mr. Walker, correct thyself; you’ll work for us, not them

Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer One of the best expressions of the American form of government comes from a statute, Section 552.001(a) of the Texas Government Code: “Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the […]

Commissioner Noack chides Budget Director Carter for failing to provide “Salary Schedule” in advance of Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Commissioner Noack chides Budget Director Carter for failing to provide “Salary Schedule” in advance of Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack legitimately complained about the fact that Budget Director Amanda Carter wanted the Commissioners Court to approve the “Salary Schedule” for the entire Montgomery County government without seeing it prior to the meeting. The Commissioners Court voted 4 to 1 to approve the “Salary Schedule” blindly, since they’re […]

Montgomery County’s “Golden” Elected Servants?

Conroe, September 27 – The Montgomery County government’s elected servants are hardly servants at all. They receive salaries far higher than the median per capita income of this community. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved the Fiscal Year 2020 Salary Schedule at the regular meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The sound which you may […]

Montgomery County government Platinum Platoon (139 employees who make more than $100K per year in salary)

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, September 26 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, has compiled the “Platinum Platoon,” the list of the one hundred and thirty-nine (139) Montgomery County government employees, who are not elected servants and who receive more than $100,000 per year in salary. It’s important to note that Montgomery […]

Salaries continue to spike Montgomery County government spending, constitute community embarrassment

Salaries continue to spike Montgomery County government spending, constitute community embarrassment

Image: “Mohawked” Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack has focused three of the last four year’s budget sessions on giving himself and other elected servants a giant salary increase. Unfortunately, the County government has failed to focus on spending and property tax reform. Conroe and The Woodlands, June 19 – Hovering at a gargantuan […]

Conroe ISD’s “budgeting by PowerPoint” method guarantees massive spending increase, no effort to control expenses; administration demands 2.5 cent rate increase on debt to offset temporary state-mandated spending caps

Conroe ISD’s “budgeting by PowerPoint” method guarantees massive spending increase, no effort to control expenses; administration demands 2.5 cent rate increase on debt to offset temporary state-mandated spending caps

Image: Alex in the 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange, obviously portrayed the budget methodology of the Conroe Independent School District in this scene involving the “Ludovico” technique of brainwashing. Rather than examining school district departments, conducting zero-based budgeting to determine whether expenditures have any purpose, or brainstorming novel ideas about methods of reducing overall spending, the […]

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