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Disingenuous! Conroe ISD and their propaganda targets the 16%

Adrian Heath August 28, 2019 Curtis Null must be the used car salesman of Superintendents if his VOTE YES BOND Tax freeze pitch to OVER 65 homesteaders is any indication. Null has calculated that since 16% of the population is over 65 years old then all he has to do is convince the 16% of CISDs 160,000 homesteaders that they are insulated from future increase then they will all vote for the bond regardless of how wasteful it is. He may do well selling reverse mortgages and walk-in bathtubs, but …

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Infrastructure Debt & The Illusion of Wealth

Most of us don’t have a real understanding of what infrastructure costs and how we contribute to it. Even our local leaders don’t factor in the long-term costs of infrastructure expansion. They just keep building in order to scrape by a little longer. The illusion of wealth has become a way of life for Americans. We’re not as rich as we like to tell ourselves we are. The following video explains the way in which our cities are chasing this illusion of wealth and why it’s so harmful to our …

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The Developer Crony Mantra – If you’re not growing, you’re dying

April 17, 2018 by Charles Marohn If you’re not growing, you’re dying. This is an exact statement made to me recently by a business owner in a small town. It is conventional wisdom, especially amongst the small town business community. And it is a belief based on observation. Indeed, when you look generally across the landscape, towns that are not growing are dying. This points out the fragility of our current model of growth and development: Cities that don’t grow, die. Today I would like you to ponder two things …

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“Not as a witch hunt” but Maybe a Scapegoat – What’s Wrong With The Montgomery County Auditor? Part 4.

Not A Witch Hunt More like a Scapegoat Peer Review Audit that Never Happened Recommended Checklist that was never used TEA PARTY BLITHERING IDIOTS What CPAs think Part  1   Part 2   Part 3 Today we present Part 4 of the series of features called What’s Wrong With The Montgomery County Auditor? In the last installment we promised to reveal what CPAs think of the Montgomery County Auditor, and we will, but first ~ The several aspects of the professional life of the current Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin reviewed so …

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What’s Wrong With The Montgomery County Auditor? Part 2.

COUNTY AUDITOR SHOULD BE A CPA? THE OCCUPATIONS CODE REQUIRES IT? YELLOW BOOK YELLOW BOOK?   May 9, 2018 Welcome to What’s Wrong With The Montgomery County Auditor? Part 2. We’re still trying to figure out what objectively verifiable and measurable problem has two smart people worked up into a lather. They have not given any good reason. What is behind the agitation? Please let me know. LICENSED CPA We have been subjected to a set of dogmatic positions on the county auditor. like “It should be a requirement that …

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What’s Wrong With The Montgomery County Auditor? Part 1.

May 7, 2018 Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin has been the subject of criticism from  two or  three sources in recent years,  so we are curious, what is wrong with our County Auditor?, what are the measurable defects in her qualifications, experience and more importantly results?. Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper like to poke fun using stock images from Al Gore’s interwebs so likewise, Montgomery County’s least trusted  but never the less trustworthy source of news will follow suite by introducing a short clip for your viewing pleasure, the analogies …

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Transportation commissioner billed taxpayers for trips while advocating for auto industry

  Transportation commissioner billed taxpayers for trips while advocating for auto industry by Jay Root, The Texas Tribune Jan. 9, 2018 Before billionaire Warren Buffett learned that his new Texas car dealerships had a big problem with the state’s protectionist auto laws, his company had a small problem with them. To fix that small problem, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Automotive turned to a man juggling perhaps too many roles for his own good: a state highway commissioner and former chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles who is also an …

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$PECIAL DI$TRICT BUREAUCRAT HELP$ HIM$ELF

  How a South Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid the rush to build a border fence by Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune, T. Christian Miller, ProPublica and Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune, The Texas Tribune Dec. 29, 2017 Editor’s note: This story has been updated. EDINBURG — A decade ago, Congress gave officials at the Department of Homeland Security a year to build 60 miles of fence in the Rio Grande Valley to protect the Texas-Mexico border. They faced determined resistance. Political leaders denounced the border fence as wasteful …

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MCHD GLASSDOOR WRAPUP

Montgomery County Hospital District is a great example of a special district that has outlived its original charter. MCHD is a Hospital District without a hospital but it lives on to grow its bureaucracy and operate its approximately 35 ambulances and keep its bank account awash with taxpayer cash. Its an organization that pays its CEO an obscene amount to manage its functions. A few years back I looked into GLASSDOOR reviews to see what comments, good or bad were left by employees and reminded of that today reviewed comments …

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