Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Aug. 31, approved Order #O-15-2020, ordering a Child Safety Fee of $1.50 to be imposed under Transportation Code, Sec. 502.403 to local vehicle registrations. The funds raised will be used for the provision of child safety measures in Aransas County, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Commissioner Wendy Laubach said the new fee will bring in about $39,000, which will lower the amount of money required from ad valorem tax revenues for those services.

“It is my understanding that (expenditures) will be limited to crossing guards at Live Oak Learning Center,” she said.

Pct. 3 Commissioner-elect Pat Rousseau, making a point to clarify how the funds can be used, said, “The new fee will be used for a crossing guard, and if it’s changed from that usage it will have to come back to the county (commissioners in order to repurpose its use).”

Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said his office utilizes five to six officers at that campus at the beginning of each year.

Commissioner Bubba Casterline said he wants to make sure that whatever job is performed by the sheriff’s office, it conforms o the new Order.

“My personnel are in vests directing traffic and children (which makes it a crossing guard function),” said Mills.

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