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Victoria County commissioners are scheduled to accept more than $600,000 in federal grant money Monday, the bulk of which will go toward funding border security operations by the sheriff’s office.

County commissioners will review two federal grants, one that will fund overtime for border security officers and a second, smaller grant that will purchase new Tasers for the sheriff’s office.

The first grant, administered via the Homeland Security Grant Program, is focused on strengthening border security in the U.S., according to the federal government. The sheriff’s office will receive about $593,000. Most of that money – about $380,000 – will fund overtime pay for border security operations, according to a county memo outlining the funding. The rest of the grant will fund new equipment and other expenses, including two vehicles.

The second, smaller grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will give the sheriff’s office about $27,000, most of which will buy new Tasers.

Both grants have been awarded to Victoria County in previous years, County Judge Ben Zeller said.

Commissioners are also scheduled to approve a decision by the Victoria Regional Airport commission selecting Silver Airways as the new airline to serve the local airport.

“I’m real pleased with the decision,” Zeller said. “I think it’s a good a choice that really gives the community all the features that it had asked for.”

The airport commission’s recommendation will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will make the final decision about which airline will serve Victoria Regional Airport after Texas Sky’s contract expires Oct. 31.

Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. Questions, tips, or ideas? Please get in touch: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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