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September 16, 2014, 4:25 am
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Consultant to City: Put Out RFPs For Privatization of Oak Ridge Cemetery


A consultant recommends that Springfield put out a request for proposals from private companies interested in taking over operations at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

 

The consultant’s report says the flat death rate in the Springfield area… and the growing number of people choosing cremation over burial… will make it difficult for Oak Ridge to get out of its current financial hole.

 

But the report says private companies may be able to find other sources of revenue… such as selling burial plans and “merchandise”… that would be more problematic for a government-owned cemetery.

 

Mayor Mike Houston has expressed an interest in privatizing Oak Ridge, but several aldermen object.

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