It will cost about $1.7 million a month to care for the roughly 450 children in state custody, according to Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Albert Hawkins.
The initial raid cost an estimated $5.3 million, mostly in travel to the isolated Schleicher County ranch and employee overtime during the weeklong search. The state also paid for buses, building and equipment rental and fuel.
At least $2.2 million will be needed to help the local courts handle legal proceedings for the children.
One lawmaker on the Senate Finance Committee questioned whether the state could make the adults left behind on the ranch – valued at $20.5 million – foot the bill.
“I would encourage you to aggressively pursue any of those assets to fund this,” said Republican Sen. Bob Deuell of Greenville.
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