Flower Mound among first to receive emergency funding from Texas public safety office

Flower Mound is among the first round of those receiving awards, and is receiving $21,000 of the $7 million in funds. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Flower Mound is among the first round of those receiving awards, and is receiving $21,000 of the $7 million in funds. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Flower Mound is among the first round of those receiving awards, and is receiving $21,000 of the $7 million in funds. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The governor's office announced that Gov. Greg Abbott's Public Safety Office is providing $41 million in federal funds to assist cities and counties during the COVID-19 response.

Flower Mound is among the first round of those receiving awards, which totals roughly $7 million. The town will receive roughly $21,000 of that total.

The money can be used for first responder overtime and hazard pay, equipment and supplies for teleworking technologies, and social distancing and personal protective gear. It can also be used to assist county jail costs associated with the medical needs of inmates and reimbursement for holding inmates awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Funds were to be distributed this week, according to a July 15 release from the governor's office.

"This funding is a critical to helping local governments protect Texans and combat the spread of the virus in our communities," Abbott said.

The funding comes from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act.

A list of awarded jurisdictions can be found here. The list will be updated as awards are given, according to the release.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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