Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 24, 2013

Finance committee looks at increasing cemetery charges

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The amount charged at Glasgow Municipal Cemetery to bury cremated remains could double and the cost to create and close a regular grave may increase as well in the next fiscal year, if recommendations by the cemetery sexton and Glasgow City Council Finance Committee get approved.

More people are choosing cremation, and with the timeframe for burying the ashes versus other remains being more flexible, the survivors tend to want to have services on weekend days and holidays when it’s easier for them to gather, said Paul Bragg, who oversees the cemetery. That runs into extra costs with overtime.

The cost for burying cremains has been $100 for 20 years, he said, so he asked the committee at its regular meeting Tuesday to consider changing that, and he suggested at least $200 for weekends and holidays.

For regular opening and closure of a grave, the cost is $400; that amount last changed six years ago, when it had been $350. Bragg said others in the area have been charging $425 to $450.

The Finance Committee unanimously agreed to bump the cremains burial charge to $200, regardless of the day, and the regular burial charge to $450. The price for the actual plot of land is still separate.

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