One of the big stories in 2009 was the economy. President Obama promoted Federal stimulus money to the nation's states as a way to jump start the ailing economy. As 2009 winds down News 3 is tracking where that money has gone locally.
The state of Texas was given almost $8-Billion to dole out to local governments across the state. The Brazos Valley's share was just over $70-million dollars. But where did that money go and how was it used? Using the data from a company that tracts government contracts(Onvia), we were able to come up with totals for several counties in the region.
*Brazos County: $16.3 million, most of the money was spent on road projects, from widening to improvement, to overlays. Although, almost $3 million has been allocated as a grant for the Brazos Transit System Parking Facility. Another $700-thousand will go for an energy audit for some of Bryan's older city owned buildings. Part of the audit would be to update the buildings to save energy.
*Burleson County $9.4 million: Almost all of the money will be going toward road projects.
Lee County $1.2 million: Road projects
Leon County $16.5 million Road Projects
Montgomery County $14.1 million: Road Projects make up the largest part of the the funds. However an unspecified amount could go towards a trolley system and water taxis for that county.
Waller Co $12 million: Road Projects make up the bulk of these Federal Funds
Walker County $167-thousand: City of Huntsville Energy Audit
We have provided a link below for full details of all counties across the country and what the money is going towards.