Brewster County Receives Half A Million Dollar Gift

BREWSTER COUNTY, TX (Ben Caxton) — Brewster County has one-upped Jeff Davis County in the receiving big money category. Energy Transfer Partners, builders of the Trans-Pecos pipeline, has awarded a one-time gift to the county of half a million dollars. Last week, Jeff Davis County announced a gift from the pipeline company of $300,000. In a Tuesday press release, Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano said the funds will be earmarked to purchase emergency response vehicles, equipment, and cameras, and to finish the build out of the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department. The new emergency response vehicles will be outfitted to serve as first response mobile units. The new equipment will primarily consist of firefighter gear and apparatus specifically needed to safely secure hazards or fight fires. Additionally, the donation from the Trans-Pecos Pipeline will be used to purchase and install security cameras along the pipeline corridor to enable our Sheriff’s Office to monitor pipeline activity locally around-the-clock. This is in addition to the pipeline’s real-time remote monitoring and safety systems. The judge noted that Brewster County will collect from the Trans-Pecos Pipeline based on its appraised value like any other taxpayer, but their decision to provide half a million dollars to Brewster County was their choice to help, not a tax law obligation.

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