Federal stimulus funds may help pay for three program cars for the Brownwood Police Department one for the police chief and two for the criminal investigation division and a new radar unit.
Brownwood City Council members will consider accepting the federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (EBJAG) for the next fiscal year approving a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday between the city and county on a joint allocation.
The total grant is $69,629, and the proposed allocation is $44,629 for the city and $25,000 for the county.
Local officials received the grant each year from 1996 to 2007, but the amounts awarded have been decreasing because the pool of funds available from the federal government has been decreasing, according to a briefing sheet from Finance Director Walter Middleton.
Local officials did not receive any funding in 2008. For 2009, the fund for the grant was dramatically increased as part of the Stimulus Package by the federal government, the briefing sheet states.
Assistant Police Chief Garry Page has proposed that the city use its share for two program cars for CID for $28,000, a program car for the chief for $15,000, and a radar unit for $1,629.
The council will hold a public hearing on the EBJAG as part of its Tuesday meeting.