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September 20, 2014, 12:57 am
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Steep Drop In Burials Contributes To Oak Ridge Money Problems

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.

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