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Montgomery County ups threshold for new business tax abatements
Thursday, November 15, 2018

 Tax abatement for businesses making less than a $4 million investment in Montgomery County is no longer be available. County commissioners approved the change to the county’s tax abatement policy during its regular meeting Tuesday. In September, the court agreed to form a committee to research potential changes in the program. The committee included commissioners Mike Meador and Charlie Riley along with Assistant County Attorney B. D. Griffin and Tax Assessor Collector Tammy McRae. The committee also recommended the requirement for jobs be changed as well. Now the policy reduces the required number of jobs to 10 jobs for new businesses. Griffin said the committee took into consideration new technology which is reducing work force numbers across the nation. “I think it is a good plan,” Meador said…READ MORE

Judge dismisses courtroom prayer lawsuit against Montgomery County
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Montgomery County that claimed Precinct 1 Judge Wayne Mack’s courtroom prayer by volunteer chaplains violated part of the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in March 2017. The judgment was filed Sept. 27. The FFRF does have the option to appeal the court’s decision. “The dismissal order came in response to the motion for judgment on the pleadings filed by Baker Botts and our office on behalf of the county under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 13,” said Assistant County Attorney B. D. Griffin, noting Baker Botts joined the county in February pro bono to defend the suit. “The basis of the motion to dismiss was that the Plaintiffs did not have standing (and the Court therefore did not have jurisdiction) because there was nothing that the Commissioners Court could do to alter Judge’s Mack’s practice due to the constitutional separation of powers between Judge Mack and Commissioners Court.”…READ MORE

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