Bexar County to be reimbursed $10 million for Mission Reach

Congress needs to approve federal budget

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SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County is in line to receive $10 million if both houses of Congress approve the proposed massive federal budget later this week.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D 28th District, made the announcement Monday.

The money is a reimbursement for what the county paid to build the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River.

Mission Reach was in 2013, and the federal government has been slowly paying back the county, Cuellar said. Most recently, the federal government cut a check for $5 million as part of the fiscal year 2016 budget.

“The Mission Reach project has had undeniable benefits to the community,” the congressman said in a statement. “However, it is time for Bexar County to be reimbursed for its loan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I’m glad these requests I made to help my district made it to the final bill.”

The bill also included language instructing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate ways to address environmental concerns around Mitchell Lake.