Perry: Rural Texas needs DPS services - FOX34 Lubbock

Perry: Rural Texas needs DPS services

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas Legislature's Sunset Commission, and other state agencies, are recommending that The Texas Department of Public Safety shuts down certain license offices across the state. A vast majority of them are in West Texas. 

If the various agencies recommendations get implemented, it would wipe out 87 DPS driver license offices in the state. 29 of those would be in Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry's jurisdiction. 

 "You've got lines at urban centers, and you've got no lines here in rural West Texas for these types of state services. The first thing on their mind is we can remove those guys and put that money towards Urban," Perry said. 

Perry did the math, only to find the savings aren't worth the hit the rural communities would take. 

"It's about 750,000 dollars, that's all we're talking about. That's a lot of money but the inconvenience in the message that it sends to rural Texas that you're not worth the services. They pay the same amount of tax dollars. That 750 is like a mosquito," Perry Said. 

Lubbock State Rep Dustin Burrows opposes the filing as well, and with a majority of the potential shut downs in West Texas, the region can't afford to take the hit. 

"We need to have these in rural areas. These are our core services that don't need to just be in urban Texas, but also rural Texas. We need to make these investments. When we look at what it's cost will be, it just doesn't add up," Burrows said. 

Perry believes if this gets passed, the safety of rural Texas would be thrown out the window. 

"To have a trooper presence in the community is public safety initiative. When you talk about removing that trooper from that community, you have lost your mission," Perry said. 

Perry doesn't expect this to get implemented. But if it does, it will be in late May.

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