Gov't Code Section 2306.589
Colonia Set-aside Fund
(a)The department shall establish a fund in the department designated as the colonia set-aside fund. The department may contribute money to the fund from any available source of revenue that the department considers appropriate to implement the purposes of this subchapter, except that the department may not use federal community development block grant money authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. Section 5301 et seq.) unless the money is specifically appropriated by the legislature for that purpose.
(b)The department by rule shall provide that an application for assistance in paying for residential service lines, hookups, and plumbing improvements associated with being connected to a water supply or sewer service system may be submitted after construction of a water supply or sewer service system begins. The department shall approve or disapprove a timely application before construction of the water supply or sewer service is completed in order to eliminate delay in hookups once construction is completed. The department and the Texas Water Development Board shall coordinate the application process for hookup funds under this subsection and under Subchapter L (Definitions), Chapter 15 (Texas Water Assistance Program), Water Code, and shall share information elicited by each agency’s application procedure in order to avoid duplication of effort and to eliminate the need for applicants to complete different forms with similar information.
(c)The department may use money in the colonia set-aside fund for specific activities that assist colonias, including:
(1)the operation and activities of the self-help centers established under this subchapter;
(2)reimbursement of colonia resident advisory committee members for their reasonable expenses in the manner provided by Chapter 2110 (State Agency Advisory Committees) or the General Appropriations Act; and
(3)funding for the provision of water and sewer service connections in accordance with Subsection (b).
(d)The department may review and approve an application for funding from the colonia set-aside fund that advances the policy and goals of the state in addressing problems in the colonias.
Section 2306.589 — Colonia Set-aside Fund,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.2306.htm#2306.589 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).