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September 2, 2014, 6:42 am
970 WMAY News

Consultant Recommends Springfield Pursue Oak Ridge Privatization

A consultant recommends that Springfield should try to find a private company to take over operations of Oak Ridge Cemetery for at least the next ten years. 


That report was commissioned by Mayor Mike Houston over the summer… drawing complaints from aldermen who say they weren’t notified about it in advance. 


The $3,000 study says flat death rates… and increasing numbers of cremations… are cutting Oak Ridge revenues and making it harder for the city to break even.  The report identifies four companies that it says would be capable of taking over cemetery operations. 


Several aldermen say they will never vote for turning control of Oak Ridge over to a private firm.

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