Commissioners approve returning unused grant money

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.

Victoria County Commissioners Court voted Monday to approve the return of almost $90,000 in unused funds from the Operation Stonegarden grant to the State Administrative Agency.

The county and city were recipients of the grant two years ago, but some of the money was never used, County Judge Don Pozzi said.

"It was primarily for unused overtime hours," Pozzi said. "The money has to be used within a certain amount of time, and it wasn't."

The agency originally issued the $499,823 Stonegarden grant to the county and city for overtime pay for the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and the Victoria Police Department employees.

Additional funds were also allocated in the grant to cover license plate readers and fuel maintenance costs in both law enforcement offices.

The grant funds were studied and amended in April and May, displaying actual monies used.

As of May 22, $89,000 had not yet been used, said Joyce Dean, Victoria County director of administrative services.

Commissioners voted to return the unused funds to the agency for reallocation to another eligible county.



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