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McLennan County burial changes

McLENNAN COUNTY, Texas - McLennan County is changing the way they treat people who die without money for funeral plans. 

In the past, the county performed so-called "pauper burials" at Restland Cemetery on S 9th Street in Waco. But on Tuesday, the commissioners approved a new policy doing away with those.

The county has had a cremation policy in place but Tuesday just revised it. 

Under this new revision, everyone will be cremated. 

There are a few exceptions - including infants, unclaimed, unidentified and morbidly obese, who will be buried. 

"We are running out of space here at the cemetery," says Precinct Four Commissioner Ben Perry. "It's an ongoing issue. The county would have to look for additional land. Plus, it's more in line with county's policies with regards on how they handle pauper burials."

Commissioners tell FOX 44 the county spends more than $80,000 a year on burials and cremations.

Most people are cremated. 


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