Council raises cemetery rates

The cost of interment at a Salmon Arm cemetery will be going up in 2014 as the city moves closer to a user-pay operation.

Council has given final reading to an amendment bylaw that increases cemetery rates for 2014 by two per cent. This pertains to the rates for grave plots, interments, disinterment, as well as columbarium plots/niches.

In a memo to council city corporate services director Monica Dalziel explains that over the past several years, cemetery rates have risen by two per cent annually, moving towards user-pay, adding city rates still fall below those in neighbouring communities.

“Tt is envisioned that when we review the long-term financial plan, that we look at a sustainability plan for the cemetery,” said Dalziel, adding this could result in larger fee increases being recommended.

“Cemeteries don’t make money so we have to make sure we keep up the user-pay piece, otherwise it’s subsidized to a greater degree,” commented Coun. Alan Harrison. “I think this is very fair and I’ll support the new cemetery rates.”




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