Out of Sight Out of Mind:Thousands of Dollars Go Unclaimed in Brazos Valley

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

With so many people ready and waiting to get their share of the latest stimulus package, what would you think if we told you some local government agencies haven't even utilized all the money they already have.

According to state records, it turns out hundreds and even thousands of dollars have gone unnoticed over the years.

"$250.00," Brazos County Judge Randy Sims says looking at the computer. "You add all those up it ought to be a lot of money."

In this day and age we're all looking for a way to make a quick buck. So how would you feel to know you have hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars with your name on it.

"It would be a small lottery wouldn't it," Sims said.

That's exactly what News 3 found when searching the state's unclaimed property website.

A routine search of Brazos County, turned up more than 50 unresolved claims---totaling more than $6,000, all with the county's name on it.

"If that $6,000 was available, we sure could use it somewhere," Sims said.

Somewhere like, new road projects, or courthouse renovations...

"We're trying to increase the size of two courtrooms over there," Sims said.

Projects that typically draw support from tax payer dollars.

"It would be nice if instead of that coming from our pockets--why not use that money," John Bernall said.

"They could do a lot of things, they could certainly cut taxes and a bunch of other things," Don Ballard said.

But before people get too excited about the new found money...

"Probably nominal, because as we're talking to the auditor there's Brazos County this, and Brazos County that," Sims said.

Judge Sims says they first have to figure out whether the money is really theirs to be had. Since there's so many different county branches involved, and different businesses attached to the money it could be a long process.

"We are going to check it out and see if we can get the funds to us," Sims said.

But it's not just Brazos County that could have big bucks coming to them.

News 3 found local cities, counties and school districts with money just waiting for them to claim. Texas A&M with tens of thousands waiting in the wings, according to state records.

You can also see if you have money coming to you.

Searching unclaimed property is all public information.

To check it out for yourself click on the link below:

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