Montgomery County commissioners adopt $372 million budget

Montgomery County commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2021-22 budget on Aug. 20. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2021-22 budget on Aug. 20. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Montgomery County commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2021-22 budget on Aug. 20. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Montgomery County Commissioners Court adopted a $372 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2021-22 during a special session Aug. 20 with a 3-2 vote.

A factor for the increased budget is the county having to pay for the Joe Corley Detention Center this year, which is part of the county's special revenue fund that increased around 34%. Montgomery County Budget Officer Amanda Carter said the special revenue fund has no affect on property tax rates in the county.

"This year, after we reviewed with an external auditor, they recommended that we include that as part of the budget," Carter said.

Carter added if the Joe Corley Facility was not included in the budget, which added around $24 million, the adopted budget would be slightly under the fiscal year 2020-21 budget by around $2 million.

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack voted against the adoption of the budget.


"This is not a true reflection of expenditures. I would rather find a better way to accommodate for this," Noack said. "There were a lot of things when we made the decision to contract with the feds for the Corley Facility that never came to fruition."

The budget was adopted with a supplemental sheet explaining the county's funds and what the budget would be without the funding being added for the Joe Corley Detention Center.

County Judge Mark Keough also voted against the adoption of the budget.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


MOST RECENT

The pandemic and other challenges have strained the available resources at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Animal Services resources stretched thin by pandemic

“[The COVID-19 outbreak] is coming at the worst time for us because it’s a bad distemper year,” MCAS Assistant Director Mark Wysocki said. “Either of those are a bit of managerial work. Together it’s a managerial nightmare.”

The new location will be the second for the franchise in the area, with the first being in Spring since 2005. (Courtesy Bruster's Real Ice Cream)
Bruster's Real Ice Cream anticipates November opening near Xscape Theatre

The new location will be the second for the franchise in the area, with the first being in Spring since 2005.

At a Sept. 11 practice, Houston Girls Hockey Association teams took the ice to prepare for their first games the weekend of Sept. 17. (Courtesy Houston Girls Hockey Association)
New Houston-area all-girls hockey league set to play first games this weekend, Sept. 17-19

The league was created to give school-aged girls a chance to continue playing hockey through college, since young girls can often feel discouraged playing on co-ed teams, Director of Membership Valory Zeck said.

(Courtesy El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill)
El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill opens on Rayford Road

The newest location opened Sept. 17 and offers a variety of chicken, beef and shrimp dishes.

Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison, (right) Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 5 Office gather at the Star of Texas Awards where Harrison was a recipient. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley's office)
Montgomery County peace officer wins Star of Texas Award

Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison was one of 46 winners of the award, which Gov. Greg Abbott personally presented to him in Austin.

graphic
DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to install medians along 5.8 miles of FM 1092 from Hwy. 59 to Hwy. 6 in Missouri City. (Courtesy Fotolia)
As FM 1092 median project goes out to bid, some Missouri City Council Members still object

Construction on the project to install medians on FM 1092—also known as Murphy Road—is expected to begin in the winter and last for seven months, according to officials with TxDOT.

At the Sept. 14 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting, County Administrator David Berry, top left, presents proposed tax rates to commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey, Judge Lina Hidalgo, and commissioners Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County commissioners propose lower tax rates with split vote

While the proposed tax rate is lower than the current rate, tax payers may actually end up paying more since the values of homes statewide increased this year, according to County Administrator David Berry.

Harris County Precinct 4 and Montgomery County Precinct 3 are coordinating for a Gosling Road project. (Courtesy Montgomery County Precinct 3)
Montgomery County funds $4 million for Gosling Road project

The project will widen Gosling Road and a bridge over Spring Creek. It is anticipated to begin construction later this year.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough tours the COVID-19 antibody infusion center that opened Aug. 16.
(Courtesy Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough on Facebook)
Federal policy change reduces COVID-19 antibody treatment drugs coming to Montgomery County infusion center

A change in how the federal government distributes the monoclonal antibody treatment means a change for regional antibody centers administering treatments.

About 62% of Harris County residents ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County commissioners terminate $11 million Elevate Strategies vaccine outreach contract

“There’s absolutely nothing done here that was in any way deviating from the most adequate protocols, and what is sad … [is] that the COVID response is being politicized." -Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

The 10,500-square-foot Dogtopia facility will span five open playrooms for dogs to enjoy. (Courtesy John Ledbetter)
Dogtopia opening day care facility for high-energy dogs on Durango Creek Drive

Owner John Ledbetter said the new Magnolia location will include five open playrooms for dogs.