Missouri City City Council unanimously approved with a 5-0 vote during its Aug. 1 meeting a resolution authorizing the interim city manager to complete the H-GAC’s Regional Mitigation Program Method of Distribution Funding form. This will make the city eligible to receive $5.07 million in federal funding allocated by the H-GAC to provide financial assistance for risk mitigation projects related to flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters. The funding is part of a $488 million federal fund package the H-GAC plans to distribute to the cities and counties it serves, including Missouri City.
“This is also subject to change, colleagues,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Boney, who represents Missouri City on the Houston-Galveston Area Council Water Resources Committee, which studies water resources across the region and makes recommendations to H-GAC’s board of directors. “There is a public participation process that’s taking place, and it has to be approved by the [Texas] General Land Office. If things stay the same without any major modifications, we’re looking at a little over $5 million.”
Missouri City had until Aug. 5 to confirm its intentions to accept or decline the funds. According to the H-GAC, the group will submit its final method of distribution to the GLO during its board meeting Aug. 16. H-GAC officials said the plan must first wait an unknown amount of time for final GLO approval before funds will be distributed to local jurisdictions. Funding amounts are subject to change until the GLO gives its final approval.
The H-GAC has undergone discussions about distributing the federal funds since 2021 when Missouri City was originally slated for just $2.13 million in funding, Boney said.