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Texas Co Looking For Cheaper Burials

From the Laredo, TX NBC Affiliate Pro 8 News:

County looking for cheaper alternative to indigent burials

By Ray Gomez

Aug 10, 2009

The county is looking at cheaper ways to deal with the recent spike in paying for indigent burials.

According to officials they don’t have the necessary resources to bury the bodies.

"According to medical examiner they have seen an increase in deaths in illegal crossings. They have seen drowning and even heat exhaustion but the county says they have no space to bury these bodies."

"Our department is in charge mandate by the state of Texas to burry all indigent, paupers and John Does and we’ve ran out of money."

Since January the medical examiners office has seen 40 immigrants who have died trying to cross the border. As a result more bodies are unclaimed, having to be stored in coolers for a long period of time.

"Typically I try to store the indigent for 30 to 60 days. We try to exhaust all means of trying to identify them and returning them to their families,” but that cost money and space, both of which the county is running out of.

The medical examiner says they are exhausting the indigent services more than ever.

"There’s been in our offices for many weeks at a time. Because families can’t come up with the money for their burials."

The law states that all of them need to be buried but that costs 21 hundred dollars per body, making the county look for other less expensive ways like cremation.

"John Does by the state of Texas cannot be cremated so we can only do indigent. It doesn’t cover the whole problem but it does to some degree."

According to indigent health care services cremation could save the county 35 thousand dollars per year, and the cost to cremate a body is a lot cheaper between eight to 15 hundred dollars.

"It affects the medical examiner officers, indigent services department and tax payers of Webb County who ultimately pay the bill for this."
Today the Indigent Services Department asked commissioners to consider the option of using cremation to save money.

The court will form a committee to look into the issue.

The commissioners also approved 55-thousand dollars for the costs of burials for the rest of the year.

Now here is a nice meeting up of Obama’s healthcare reform plan and his stimulus package.

And they are shovel ready jobs.

(But whatever you do, don’t mention illegal aliens.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Texas Co Looking For Cheaper Burials”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Send them back over the border, let the Mexican government finger it out.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    The mob found a cheaper solution to all this BS …………. Nevada, N.Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Utah and S. California have large massive deserts. For a mere $400.00 per indigent ………… look at all the red tape that is cut by this procedure.

  3. Fuzzlenutter says:

    One word: Dumpster…

  4. proreason says:

    “Since January the medical examiners office has seen 40 immigrants who have died trying to cross the border”

    This problem won’t last long.

    That’s at least 100 Obamy votes. They will be registered Democrats before the sun sets.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Always on the look out for the “dead” vote, eh pro?
      I mean, if they are dead ……. you can only surmise that they would have voted the democratic ticket! Good catch!!

  5. U NO HOO says:

    “21 hundred dollars per body”

    Obama, we need a “Cash for Corpses” program.

  6. canary says:

    “indigents” as to Mexico? Send them back across the border. Mexico’s land space is growing by the day.

  7. Eagle334th says:

    Holy crap, that was a poorly written article!! I can’t help but to notice the journalist’s name. Is English his second or third language?

    • caligirl9 says:

      Broadcast journalism “writer.” Most can’t write, hence they do the broadcast journalism route. The guy is little more than a talking head.
      I’d have all sorts of red marks all over that article. Wrong words, not using Associated Press style.

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