By Antoinette Vega

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON The Bell County Commissioners on Monday allocated $2,634 in a line-item budget adjustment to the future vehicle registration office on Fort Hood.

The money will be used to purchase a registration and tilting system (RTS) workstation for $1,500 and the rest will go toward office equipment, said County Judge Jon Burrows.

Burrows said the new office could not have come at a better time, with last week's Pentagon announcement that 5,000 more troops will be coming to Fort Hood.

"This is well-timed," Burrows said. "This announcement is like adding another Harker Heights or Belton to Bell County."

Commissioners began discussing the new office in March and agreed that the county would be responsible for the building's maintenance and utilities.

Tax Assessor-Collector Sharon said the remodeling for the future vehicle registration office has not started.

"We don't anticipate it taking too long," Long said. "They will be painting, replacing windows and putting in a counter."

Those who are retired, dependent or on active duty will be able to use the facility.

A ribbon cutting for the new office is scheduled for late September.

The commissioners also:

n Approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Troy for the seal coating of approximately 0.3 miles of city streets.

n Approved the releasing of a construction bond in the amount of $10,000 for the vegetation in Hidden Springs Two.

n Approved an interlocal agreement with the Academy I.S.D. for the seal coating of approximately 9,400 square-yards of parking lot.

n Approved bilingual election official requirements notice from Secretary of State for 2004.

n Approved a notice of rate of change for medical examiner services in the interlocal cooperation agreement for medical examiner services between Travis County and Bell County from $1,800 to $2,000 for each body for autopsy services.

n Approved a contract with Daily-Wells Communications Inc., for Bell County Systems Upgrade under Central Texas Council of Governments master contract and reallocations for implementation of Homeland Security grants.

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