Agency: Alamo Needs $1M in State Funds for Fixes 10/18/12
October 18, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The new agency over the Alamo says the Texas shrine needs $1 million in state funds for an "extensive list" of repairs that have been put off too long.
Larry Laine, deputy commissioner of the state's General Land Office, told lawmakers Thursday that the agency will ask for the one-time appropriation when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
Lawmakers put the General Land Office in charge of the Alamo last year after accusations of mismanagement were levied at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The nonprofit has been stewards of the landmark for more than a century.
Fundraising for Alamo projects was among the biggest challenges facing the Daughters in recent years. The group remains the Alamo's primary caretaker but now answers to stricter state oversight.