LOCAL GOVERNMENT

BELTON — Cities of Bell County, expect a check soon.

Bell County cities will receive a chunk of a total of $420,855 that the county collected in child safety fees during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Tax Assessor-Collector Shay Luedeke told the Bell County Commissioners Court on Monday morning.

That amount will decrease to $378,769.50 once a 10 percent administration fee is deducted.

The child safety fee is collected when a vehicle is registered in Bell County. Bell County charges $1.50.

Killeen will receive $156,166.66 — the most out of the 12 incorporated cities. That’s about 41 percent of the money collected.

As for the other large cities, Temple will receive $80,715.78; Harker Heights will get $32,612.05; and Belton $22,233.77. The remaining seven cities will receive between $5,189.14 and $1,363.57. The county will keep $107,158.11 from the child safety fees.

The cities will receive their checks beginning this month. For the larger municipalities, Luedeke and the commissioner who represents the city plan to present the checks during city council meetings.

Commissioner John Fisher said the funds are used to improve sidewalks and similar infrastructure with school-aged children in mind. He singled out the city of Killeen’s effort to build sidewalks so children can walk safely rather than in the streets.

“It was an impressive project,” Fisher said.

Bell County began collecting the child safety fee in 2001. Since then, the county has collected a total of $5,899,325.30.

Bell County Judge Jon Burrows pointed out that Killeen has been allocated a total of $2 million since 2001. Over on the east side of the county, Temple has received about $1.2 million since the fee started, Burrows said.

For the past 16 years, Belton received a total of $319,041.93.

This year’s allocation is a bit lower than last year. The county collected $428,460 in 2015-2016.

(1) comment

centexdave

Another tax that should not be justified.

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