The Big Bend Sentinel reports that the that the Department of Homeland Security might take control of the surveillance blimp.
The Aerostat blimp -- which is located near Valentine -- is currently funded by the Department of Defense.
With the Department of Defense's funding is scheduled to expire at the end of 2013, the entire T.A.R.S. Program could shut down.
Such a closure could cost upwards of 20 people in the Marfa area their jobs.
The radar balloon -- which sits tethered to the ground about 12,000 feet above the earth -- has been monitoring low flying aircraft in the Big Bend region for more than 16 years.
The Aerostat balloon nosedived to the ground during a windstorm on February 14th.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened after an operator misread a high wind warning.
However, the crash caused more than $8.8 million in damages.
For the T.A.R.S. to remain operational under Department of Homeland Security control, funding arrangements would have to be made.