Funding for Texas’ nationally recognized courthouse restoration program was whacked in a last-minute cut by the Legislature, leaving the state unable to provide significant grants for two years, officials confirmed Friday.
In the final days of the regular legislative session in May, the appropriation for the Historic Courthouse Preservation Program was whittled to $4.2 million from the current $20 million.
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COURTHOUSE RESTORATION FUNDING: At a glance
2000-2001: $50 million
2002-2003: $50 million
2004-2005: $45 million
2008-2009: $62 million
2010-2011: $20 million
2012-2013: $20 million
2014-2015: $4.2 million
Source: Texas Historical Commission
Note: Funding for 2006-2007 was to be through federal funds that weren’t received, according to officials.