The director of Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery has no explanation for a steep drop-off in sales of burial services since December, a factor that is worsening the money problems at the city-owned facility.
Director Mike Lelys says there were only 9 paid interments at Oak Ridge in January… an all-time low. 22 are needed each month just to cover payroll. The drop-off in burials and “pre-need” sales… and a spike in snow removal and other expenses… has created a $60,000 budget hole.
Springfield aldermen will vote this week on an emergency appropriation to keep Oak Ridge afloat through the end of the month.