Conroe, December 20 – Montgomery County’s taxing entities elected five reliable pro-taxation votes to the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District. Chief Appraiser Tony Belinoski, charged by the Board of Directors to raise property tax appraisals as rapidly as possible to provide higher taxes to the County government, school districts, municipalities, and special purpose districts, announced the elected members of the political establishment who will reliably vote to increase property taxes during the next two years.
The MCAD Board of Directors will include:
- Mike Meador. Precinct 1 County Commissioner, who is currently on the Board. Meador is the strongest vote in favor of increasing County government spending on the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. He votes to increase spending almost every time. Meador consistently works to keep tax appraisals for his family members and for certain favored political contributors as low as possible while aggressively raising tax appraisals for everyone else. The Golden Hammer had rated Meador’s “reliability to vote for higher taxes and appraisals” at 100%. Please see “Commissioners Court to Consider 13 Appraisal District Board Candidates, Odds of Reform Nil,” The Golden Hammer, November 11, 2017.
- Bruce Tough. Tough is a former Chairman of the Woodlands Township Board of Directors who lost his re-election in 2015. Tough is one of the most pro-establishment individuals residing in Montgomery County. He has consistently fought for government growth and higher taxation. Tough sought to take over the Woodlands Township Board again by running a pro-establishment slate in the 2016 elections with a campaign which The Woodlands Development Company largely funded. Tough’s slate lost entirely to a pro-reform group. Tough’s rating of “reliability to vote for higher taxes and appraisals” is 100%.
- Bonar Luzey, II. Luzey is an oil and gas industry business consultant. His election is a bit of a surprise, because he won election thanks to support from the municipal utility districts and other special purpose districts that outvoted the Woodlands Township to elect their own pro-tax candidate over an unknown candidate whom the Township Board had nominated. Luzon’s “reliability to vote for higher taxes and appraisals” is 80%, at least as of last month. Since the municipal utility districts voted as a bloc in his favor, Luzey has probably committed to vote for higher taxes in a backroom arrangement.
- Barry Blanton. Blanton is a business consultant from The Woodlands who is closely tied to the County’s political establishment. His father, J. Don Blanton, was the Montgomery County Engineer. Blanton received substantial school district support in the election. His “reliability to vote for higher taxes and appraisals” is 90%.
- Bob Casey. Casey was Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s nominee for the MCAD Board of Directors, which means that his “reliability to vote for higher taxes and appraisals” is 95%. Casey has consistently voted against the Republican Party Platform in Republican County Executive Committee meetings.
The Board of Directors of MCAD sets the “re-appraisal policy” and oversees the administration and budget of the MCAD. At the direction of the current Board, which includes Meador and Tough, property tax appraisals have aggressively increased while the Board has added new staff and resources to increase the pace of property tax appraisal increases.
Unless citizens of Montgomery County begin to elect representatives on taxing entities, such as the County government, the school boards, and the Woodlands Township who have a concern for high rates of government spending increases and taxation increases, voters in this community will likely continue to face massive property tax increases to support the voracious appetite of the Montgomery County government (the “Freespending Five”) and the school districts who have not shown the least bit of care to bring spending under control.
A proposal to change appraisal district boards of directors to direct citizen elections died in the 85th Texas Legislature, as part of the property tax reform bill. The Texas Senate passed the bill, but liberal pro-government growth House Speaker Joe Straus killed the bill in the House of Representatives. Straus killed the bill after the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties lobbied strenuously against it.
The Conroe City Council – Councilmen Seth Gibson, Duane Ham, Duke Coon, Guy Martin, and Gil Snider – unanimously passed a resolution during the Texas Legislative Session opposing the property tax reform measure in the Texas Senate.