April 16, 2013
Senator Kirk Watson, who represents Bastrop County in the Texas Senate, released the following statement Tuesday regarding $1.6 million in grant funds that Bastrop County has been awarded for recovery efforts stemming from the 2011 wildfires (the grant was announced at a press event with Governor Perry Tuesday):
“This funding means Bastrop County will be able to continue rebuilding and growing after 2011’s devastating fires. Over the last 19 months, the county has invested more than $6 million in the recovery effort. But our work isn’t finished, and this grant will do a lot to help us complete it.
“The county needs $1.6 million by mid-May to draw down available federal funds. The legislature is expected to provide at least $4.4 million for Bastrop recovery efforts through this year’s supplemental appropriations bill, but it’s not clear that the money will be available in time to meet the federal deadline. So the Governor has agreed to grant Bastrop County the necessary $1.6 million out of state disaster recovery funds. It will be reimbursed through the supplemental appropriations bill.
“This is another example of how the Bastrop community has worked with leaders at all levels of government to effectively leverage money, stretch it as far as they can, and rebuild this special place.