Williamson County approves nonprofit funding, and other notes from Commissioners Court

Williamson County Court House
Williamson County Commissioners on Sept. 21 approved public service funding agreements for nine separate local organizations. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Williamson County Commissioners on Sept. 21 approved public service funding agreements for nine separate local organizations. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

NONPROFIT CONTRACTS APPROVED

After a brief discussion, Williamson County Commissioners on Sept. 21 approved public service funding agreements for nine separate organizations.

The funding allocations had already been approved in the fiscal year 2021-22 budget. In all, more than $1.5 million in public service agreement contracts were approved.

By far, the majority of that pool of funds went to the Bluebonnet Trails Community Center, which will receive $969,264 in funding from Williamson County in FY 2021-22. According to county documents, the money for Bluebonnet Trails Community Center will go to fund mental health services to “adults with serious and persistent mental illness and/or emotional disturbances.”

The Williamson Museum, a nonprofit historical and cultural preservation center located in Georgetown, will receive just over $250,000 in public funding in FY 2021-22.


JUVENILE SERVICES SEEKS GRANT FOR OUTDOOR YOUTH PROGRAMMING

Commissioners on Sept. 21 approved a grant application request from Williamson County Juvenile Services that would provide funding for outdoor programming for youth.

The $30,000 grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife would go to support an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and other activities, according to county documents. The activities would take place in state parks and parks across Williamson County.

COMMISSIONERS START DISCUSSIONS ON CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Commissioners spent much of the Sept. 21 court meeting running through an itemized list of the county’s FY 2021-22 Capital Improvement Plan.

Funding for dozens of projects were requested by various Williamson County departments. Commissioners court documents show more than $195 million in total requests for capital improvements were submitted by departments.

Commissioners began discussions to prioritize projects for funding approval through the Capital Improvement Plan. Some of the projects submitted to the court may be eligible for funding through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides federal funding to local governments.

Projects discussed at the Sept. 21 commissioners court meeting included construction of a new pavilion at the Williamson County Expo Center—set to host the first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo in October—as well as several facilities renovations at administrative buildings across the county.

Commissioners paused the conversation on the FY 2021-22 Capital Improvement Plan and intend to resume discussion at its next scheduled meeting on Sept. 28.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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