GATESVILLE — Coryell County has contracted with Justice Benefits Inc. of Dallas to glean federal revenue — primarily Supplemental Security Income for county jail inmates — to help meet the cost of inmate housing.

The commissioners approved the pact this week.

While many county services are funded by local and state funds, some services are eligible for Federal Financial Participation, which the company will help identify, according to the contract.

In addition to the funds from the Social Security Administration, the company would help the county apply for “Alien Assistance” claims to pay for housing people who entered the country illegally in the county jail, the contract stated.

Justice Benefits Inc. would be paid 22 percent of all revenue the county receives from claims processed by the company over four years, the contract stated.

In other action, the commissioners set a minimum length of 500 feet for private fences to be pushed by county road crews when clearing rights of way along public roads.

Landowners often ask county crews to push down old fences, Road and Bridge Administrator Allen Neel told commissioners.

Very few requests are for less than 500 feet, Neel said, and he recommended that be set as the minimum length.

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