Ohio River Village Seeks Cemetery Upkeep Funding

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio River village lacking funding to maintain its cemeteries is seeking help from local voters through a levy on the May ballot.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports members of New Richmond’s cemetery board were so unhappy with the cemeteries’ appearance that they volunteered time to reset hundreds of toppled gravestones over the past two years.

The village pays for cemetery maintenance through income from grave sales, as many municipalities do. Board members say that the income isn’t even enough to cover the mowing and that such trimming is all the maintenance they’ll be able to do if the levy doesn’t pass.

Ohio requires that some cemetery operators set aside maintenance funding, but many are exempt. The rules for government-run cemeteries differ from those for nonprofit cemetery associations and companies.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,

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