Victoria County releases report on Hurricane Harvey spending

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Victoria County commissioners received a report outlining spending on Hurricane Harvey recovery on Monday, but the Victoria Advocate pointed out it lacks documentation from the company that did millions of dollars of the work.

The report summary says that the county is still waiting for documentation from Commercial Restoration Company on an $852,000 invoice representing close to half of the funds paid to the company.

Victoria County Commissioner Kevin Janak, leader of the group tasked with compiling the report, presented it to other county commissioners on Monday. County Judge Ben Zeller said the report would be discussed at a Dec. 16 meeting, to give commissioners time to review it. The newspaper said that airport commissioners, who have raised questions about the work performed on the facilities they manage, also need time to review the document.  

Trey Ruschhaupt, airport commission chairman, said he was satisfied with the report, but notes it is limited in scope, covering only from March to the present. 

“I think that only gives part of the picture,” he said. “I still question why it took so long, but more than that, I think an underlying question with the community is, ‘How did we get there?’ And I don’t know if that will ever be answered.”

In October, county commissioners said they would “protect the taxpayers” after facing scrutiny over whether Commercial Restoration Company (known as Virtus Group when it was hired) completed all repair work on Victoria County government facilities for which it was paid.

The report says that Victoria County has received $2.9 million in aid to repair Harvey damage and has spent $3 million on repairs.

A copy of the report is available here on the Victoria County website.

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