Saturday, May 17, 2008

And the Cost Goes Up. It's now $10,000,000.00

It didn't even take a day for the cost to go up. In a story dated for Tomorrow (hehehehe, I am a prophet, it's one of the pleasures of being in Mountain time with papers writing in Central time);

The Houston Chronicle - AUSTIN — "Last month's raid of a West Texas polygamist sect's ranch and the removal of the more than 460 children living there has cost the state at least $10 million in sheltering and legal costs, according to estimates provided by state offices Friday.

Records released by Gov. Rick Perry's office show $7.5 million in estimated costs for April, including expenses related to the weeklong search of the Yearning for Zion Ranch, run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a breakaway Mormon sect.

The costs of sheltering the children and some of their mothers for three weeks in San Angelo city facilities added to the offices' estimate. The period covered ends April 23, after the state had won temporary custody of the children based on arguments that underage marriages at the ranch put all of them at risk of child abuse, and was moving them to foster facilities around the state.

Additionally, the state's Office of Court Administration estimated legal costs associated with the custody wrangling has been $2.3 million."

The story also appears in the San Antonio Express-News.

By the way, I think the FLDS "broke away" a long time ago. They've been a "breakaway" sect longer than the LDS had existed at the time the FLDS "broke away." When are they just the FLDS? I don't hear anyone referring to the "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" as being "breakaway."

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