Alamo Needs $1 Million In State Funds, General Land Office Says

AUSTIN (October 18, 2012)—The General Land Office, which is now charged with overseeing 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 which had served as the steward 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.

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