Taxpayers want public officials to spend tax dollars wisely, which often means spending them slowly. Sometimes, however, this money is spent too slowly. That seems to be the case with the federal funds given to Jefferson County to provide rent relief for families facing eviction because of problems connected with the pandemic.
Jefferson County is one of 16 Texas cities and counties — out of thousands — that haven’t distributed at least 30% of the money they were given for this use. If it is spent soon, the county could see the rest of their money being taken back by the federal government. As of Oct. 22, the county had paid out only $1 million of the $7.6 million it received in December of 2020 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.