The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, January 16 – It would be rude for The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, to tell our readers “I told you so.” But The Golden Hammer told you so.
On January 14, 2020, this newspaper reported the following in an article, “Commissioners Court To Go On Wild Tax Dollar Spending Spree On January 14; Will It Ever End?” The Golden Hammer, January 14, 2020:
“Without oversight or discussion, the Commissioners Court will spend $11,269,326.75. Here’s how it will happen. Montgomery County Judge Keough will call County Auditor Rakesh Pandey to the podium. Pandey will say ‘approve payment of accounts.’ Without asking one question, making one comment, Judge Keough will ask, ‘Is there a motion?’ One Commissioner will say ‘Moved.’ Another Commissioner will say ‘Second.’ Keough will then say ‘All those in favor?’ That will be all of them. ‘All those against?’ That will be none of them. The Commissioners Court will have spent $11,269,326.75 in less than thirty (30) seconds. At that rate, they’d be spending $1.35 Billion per hour!”
Now, let’s compare what actually happened at the January 14, 2020, Commissioners Court meeting. The following is the entire discussion:
Judge Keough: “Alright, County Auditor, Rakesh.”
Pandey: “Good morning, Judge. Good morning, Commissioners.”
Commissioners and Judge: “Good morning.”
Pandey: “Item 13A. Consider and approve Payment of Accounts.”
Commissioner James Noack: “Moved.”
Commissioner Riley: “Second.”
Judge Keough: “All in favor.”
Entire Court (in lockstep unison): “Aye.”
Judge Keough: “Motion carries. Thank you.”
With no oversight, discussion, questions, analysis, or even heavy breathing, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court spent $11,269,326.75 in seventeen (17) seconds.
They spent tax dollars, without even considering what they were doing, at the rate of $2.39 Billion per hour!