The cost of burial at Fayette's Pleasant View Union Cemetery is going up April 1, and cemetery board members also approved a fee change for non-residents.
With the current fee structure, non-resident grave purchases cost double the amount for residents—$400 and $200. Starting in April, all graves will cost $300, but non-residents will pay an extra $100 for grave opening services.
The board has discussed a fee increase for several months and sexton Jason Ferguson checked with some other area communities to look at their charges.
"We are still considerably cheaper than many nearby cemeteries," Ferguson said, "but our operations are supplemented greatly by the tax millage on our residents."
All property owners in Gorham Township, including the village, pay a small levy for cemetery operation. Since residents pay to help operate the cemetery, they have been charged a cheaper rate for grave space. However, residents sometimes buy a grave for a non-resident to get the cheaper price. That's perfectly legal, Ferguson said, but the board sees the practice as a loss of revenue for cemetery operation.
With the new rates, the cost of space is the same for everyone, but non-residents will pay $100 extra for grave openings. The cost to open grave remains $350 for residents and non-residents will pay $450.
If a resident has been "displaced" due to long-term nursing care, the extra $100 fee will be waived if proof of residency is shown.
Board members approved a new additional fee of $200 for a grave opening on a federal holiday. The price for monument concrete foundations remains unchanged at $200.
Grave sales are by appointment only. Call the cemetery office at 419/237-2466 and leave a message for the sexton, Jason Ferguson.