The Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved changing the funding source for the 2023 Flood Mitigation Assistance program grant Nov. 7 after learning American Rescue Plan Act funds could not be used for the application.

Two-minute impact

The 2023 FMA application is meant to address flood mitigation efforts in Montgomery County precincts 2 and 3.

During the Oct. 24 Commissioners Court session, Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley agreed to split the cost of the grant application from their office’s ARPA allocations.

The grant application will cost $107,300 and will now be funded from left over contingency funds. However, the amount is expected to be repaid from awarded grant funds.

Quote of note

"[The funding] is something that we will get back when awarded the grant. We just needed an alternative funding source rather than ARPA,” said Jason Millsaps, chief of staff for County Judge Mark Keough. “Once contracts are executed, then we could repay the county back for that contract.”

What’s next

The grant application will be sent to the General Land Office by January, and Millsaps said the county expects a response by March, at which point the county will be notified of their award amount and the timeline for receiving funds.