The Rockport City Council, after meeting in executive session at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28, unanimously approved a Resolution joining with the State of Texas and political subdivisions of the State as a party in the Texas opioid settlement agreements secured by the Office of the Attorney General, and authorized City Manager Kevin Carruth to negotiate and execute settlement participation forms.

On May 13, 2020 the State of Texas, through the Office of the Attorney General, and a negotiation group for Texas Political subdivisions entered into an agreement entitled Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council and Settlement Allocation Term Sheet approving the allocation of any and all opioid settlement funds within the State of Texas.

Participating in the Texas Term Sheet increases the state’s opportunity to maximize its share of opioid settlement funds, and will provide a method to ensure that needed resources reach communities once all negotiations are finalized.

The City’s estimated share of the settlement is about $54,000, according to Mayor Pat Rios. There is no expense involved.

“By joining the group we avoid going on our own and incurring legal costs with no guarantee of a greater settlement,” said Rios.

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