Area Homeland Security Funding Decreases

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A request from the state will likely mean a lot less money coming to the Twin Cities for Homeland Security.

Governor Rick Perry has asked if the state can retain around $130,000 from each city in order to fund projects.

Those include a statewide fingerprint ID system, a system to connect local criminal databases, and a number of emergency exercises.

Bryan has agreed to let the state retain those funds. College Station's council will decide Monday.

"We decided the mandates the state is asking us to allow them to fund this year are very, very important. They're going to continue with the regional training on a statewide level."

"It'll benefit law enforcement across the state of Texas," said Brian Hilton, College Station's emergency management coordinator. "The information will be shared so local police forces will have the ability to get that information."

Hilton is recommending College Station's city council allows the state to retain the money.

Both cities will now likely receive around $80,000 for this coming year. In College Station, that's less than a quarter of what they received last year. In Bryan, it's less than a fifth.

Bryan will be putting money from 2005 (around $500,000) and what it gets this year towards a mobile communications unit. College Station's funds will go to a variety of uses.

Any homeland security moneys spent must be used on a regional basis, meaning surrounding counties would be able to have access to equipment.