Defiance’s Riverside Cemetery has been in the news a lot over the past couple of months.
The cemetery was once again a major topic of discussion on Tuesday night at the Defiance City Council meeting.
The Crescent News reports that during a July meeting, it was learned that Riverside Cemetery could be full within 10 years.
The cemetery budget this year is $217,915 while revenue earlier this year was projected at only $70,000. The difference between cemetery revenue and the budget is made up by the city’s general fund which relies heavily on income tax receipts.
Some recent cemetery rate increases approved by council in June, will increase annual cemetery revenue by $30,000. But that is obviously not enough to close the gap.
Rates increases have been proposed, some of them quite steep, especially for out of town residents.
Now, a referendum is being planned for the November ballot in which the voters will have a say in the matter.