The director of Oak Ridge Cemetery says he and his staff are constantly looking for ways to boost revenue and improve the bottom line.
The finances of Oak Ridge have become a hot topic in recent weeks, after Mayor Mike Houston floated… and then abandoned… the idea of finding a private company to take over its operations.
Director Mike Lelys says he’s had discussions about focusing on “pre-need sales” as a way to bring more money in.
The city plans to budget around $400,000 in the next fiscal year to make up for shortfalls in the cemetery budget.
In the current fiscal year, it’s only spending about half that amount.