Texas Sunset Advisory Commission to possibly close several rural driver license offices

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – The sometimes lengthy and grueling process of getting your driver license renewed may be extended further by the possible closure of several driver license offices including one in Anson.

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recently sending out a list of several counties in rural texas, proposing closures of their driver license offices. The farthest in the Big Country being Munday in Knox County, from which residents would have to drive over an hour to get to the closest open office–leaving drivers such as those in Jones County to change route to Abilene for any drivers license renewals

“It’s going to be a huge inconvenience,” said Lee Williams, resident of Jones County.

“Well, I don’t where I’ll be getting my ID from, if it’s…if I can’t get it in Jones County,” said another resident, Antonio Barrera. “And, it’s hard for me because I’m disabled.”

Closing the offices may also create an unfunded mandate for county officials, said Judge Dale Spurgin of Jones County.

“It’s a huge problem,” Spurgin said. “And, I know the comment is going to come back and say, ‘Well if the counties want to provide that service, you have a local office.’ This is just another example that you would see increased property taxes to pay for state services because the state will not fund it.”

Spurgin said rural areas need the financial equity that urban areas receive.

“We’re making an effort to inform our elected officials as well as communicating with the sunset commission that this is a poor idea, and they need to utilize the funds that they are already collecting,” said Spurgin. 

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