Updated June 29: According to the office of Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, the proposal is still pending approval by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury. The application process for homeowners has not yet opened. Community Impact Newspaper will provide an update as soon as more information is available.
Montgomery County homeowners may qualify for a $500 stimulus check following a June 1 Commissioners Court meeting.
Commissioners authorized the county attorney’s office to move forward with pursuing a plan to implement Commissioner James Noack’s economic stimulus proposal, which gives back $65 million to taxpayers and is intended to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
The county attorney will present an official resolution at the June 9 Commissioners Court meeting for final approval.
The plan will send each homesteaded property owner throughout the county who completes an application a $500 stimulus check.
Noack's office issued a statement about the plan days after he said Montgomery County received a $104.98 million allotment from the $2.2 trillion federal package for coronavirus-related economic relief. The payment was part of the approximately $11.2 billion provided through the legislation to the state of Texas and its individual counties for spending related to the viral pandemic.
In the statement, Noack said he believes a portion of the county’s nearly $105 million CARES Act funding would be best used to provide relief money directly to taxpayers. He said the payments would benefit the local economy and assist those who have lost their jobs or businesses due to stay-at-home and shutdown mandates imposed by the county and state governments since mid-March.
There are about 130,721 homesteaded properties in Montgomery County as of April 1, according to a news release from Noack's office.
To qualify for the funds, residents must be a U.S. citizen, own a homesteaded property in Montgomery County as of April 1 and be current on property taxes.