Tarrant County considering how to lower the cost of indigent burials

04/29/2014 11:29 PM

04/29/2014 11:49 PM

If the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, then taxpayers in Tarrant County are getting hit hard by both.

According to county figures, more than $450,000 was spent on more than 550 burials or cremations last year through the county’s burial assistance program.

Dallas County spends only about $55,000 annually on its assistance program. The county donates the bodies to a medical university for study, and then cremates them.

Commissioner Andy Nguyen told News 8: “Something has to change. Within a year, or two, or three, it could go up to a million [dollars], or even more.” Story at WFAA.com

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