"Commissioners Court extends disaster declaration to Aug. 24" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners unanimously approved extending the COVID-19 declaration of disaster and reward for reporting illegal dumping violations as part of their regular meeting Monday, July 27. 
   That extension is roughly 28 days and is set to expire Monday, Aug. 24. 
   “This is just for us to keep up with the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the county covered,” said Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald. 
   “Keeping this in place makes disaster funds available to the county if we need them.” 
   Commissioners also unanimously approved a $50 reward for reporting illegal dumping violations that occur in Matagorda County and result in the apprehension and prosecution of an offender. 
   “Do you just take a picture of the person or their license plate?” asked Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Graham. 
   “They need to be caught in the act, yes,” said County Attorney Denise Fortenberry. 
   “The reporting isn’t anonymous like the Sheriff’s tip line. And the reporters don’t get paid until there is a prosecution of the offender.” 

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