The debate over Oak Ridge Cemetery… and its effect on the city budget… isn’t over yet.
Mayor Mike Houston announced this week that he was dropping any discussion about a possible private takeover of the historic city-owned cemetery. Houston says he will simply pull $400,000 out of the upcoming city budget and set it aside to subsidize Oak Ridge operations.
But Alderman Frank Edwards says the city is actually paying closer to $200,000 a year to fill budget gaps at Oak Ridge. And he says more could be done by the Houston administration to reduce that amount even further, including working more closely with funeral homes to encourage people to look at Oak Ridge for burial options.