Village defeats cemetery levy

By Melody Vallieu -

PLEASANT HILL — Voters in the the village of Pleasant Hill defeated a 1-mill cemetery levy on Tuesday.

Fiscal officer Karl Marko said Issue 1 — the first cemetery levy ever requested for the village — was in direct response to the village continuing to lose money in the village’s Cemetery Fund.

The levy would have brought in $17,750 per year, Marko said, and would have only been used for cemetery expenses.

Marko said the village spent about $6,000 more than it took in last year for the Pleasant Hill Cemetery and projects another $5,000 deficit in 2016. He said this comes from fewer burials in recent years.

Marko said the village only makes money from the sale of lots within the cemetery, the opening and closing of the graves and pouring the foundations for the headstones, all of which are done by village employees. However, mowing expenses are a large part of the expense.

Marko said council also would have liked to begin to repair some of the headstones from the 1700s and 1800s in the cemetery with funds from the levy had it passed.

By Melody Vallieu

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