Magnolia ISD displays the good, the bad, and the ugly in recent curriculum, taxation decisions

Magnolia ISD displays the good, the bad, and the ugly in recent curriculum, taxation decisions

Image: Magnolia ISD has attempted to fool taxpayers into believing there is a tax reduction, when, in fact, the school district has decided to increase taxes dramatically for the coming 2020-2021 year. Magnolia, September 4 – The Magnolia Independent School District (Magnolia ISD), which has recently come under fire for displaying a pro-“Black Lives Matter” […]

Heartless: Montgomery County Hospital District passes enormous tax increase in midst of COVID-19 economy, flunks own “Validation Test”

Heartless: Montgomery County Hospital District passes enormous tax increase in midst of COVID-19 economy, flunks own “Validation Test”

Image: “Heartless” by Banksy. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, September 3 – The Montgomery County Hospital District (MCHD) voted 4 to 3 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, to approve an enormous tax increase of 6.4% for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2020. MCHD’s Board of Directors took the action despite the facts that […]

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 […]

Republican Party calls emergency meeting to spur Commissioners Court not to raise taxes on Montgomery County taxpayers in midst of Chinese Coronavirus panic, while Commissioners Court postpones Thursday meeting

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, August 26 – The Montgomery County Republican Party (MCRP) will conduct an emergency meeting of the Republican County Executive Committee (CEC) on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Precinct 66 Chairman Adrian Kaiser and Party Treasurer John Hill Wertz, who is also a Precinct Chairman, were the instigators of the call […]

Conroe ISD Board unanimously passes $576.99 million 2020-2021 Budget with only one page of information, no discussion

Conroe ISD Board unanimously passes $576.99 million 2020-2021 Budget with only one page of information, no discussion

Image: CISD’s total budget increase, per CISD, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The single page of information shown in the slide above is the entirety of the information about proposed expenditures, which the CISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously – like a rubber stamp – to approve the budget, which requires a giant tax increase on […]

Conroe ISD intentionally deceives taxpayers, claims to lower taxes when actually increasing them; defying Senate Bill 2

Conroe ISD intentionally deceives taxpayers, claims to lower taxes when actually increasing them; defying Senate Bill 2

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, August 18 – In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed and Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 2, the “Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019.” On August 14, just four days in advance of the Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) budget hearing, which will occur […]

Conroe ISD’s Bond: The fundamental fallacy, Part 2: no educational outcome from adding 50% to school district’s debt, massive tax increase

Conroe ISD’s Bond: The fundamental fallacy, Part 2: no educational outcome from adding 50% to school district’s debt, massive tax increase

Image: Flushing money down the toilet is an apt illustration for the business model for Conroe Independent School District’s $677.3 Million Bond, which provides no improvements in educational outcomes while adding 50% to the school district’s debt and a massive tax increase. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, October 30 – Conroe Independent School District […]