G-8 Funding to Go to Local Agencies

The G-8 summit is expected to bring thousands of people to our area, but the big question has been where the money to protect everyone will come from. The government allotted $25 million for security for the G-8. Now local agencies have learned they will get a cut of that money as long as they put in requests.

For a while there was confusion about how the money would be used, and if it will be paid in advance. But after numerous meetings with legislators, county commissioners got the answers they were looking for. "It's getting better, our meetings have been more fruitful and we're getting a lot more definite answers than we got before and up front," said council chairman Billy Hair.

Chairman Hair says the county will be reimbursed for the purchases it has to make, but the money will not be available up front.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com