MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-Dirt-cheap deals on cemetery plots were officially laid to rest Wednesday at Madison City Hall.
The city of Madison owns and operates two cemeteries in town. Wednesday’s unanimous vote by council members to raise cemetery fees means the cost of a burial plot will double from $750 to $1,500. The opening and closing fee for graves jumps from $300 to $500.
City leaders said recent cemetery improvements funded by taxpayers was one reason for the change. Another factor was losses that had been incurred from discounts for indigent residents. Wednesday’s ordinance adjustment means the indigent prices will now apply for city residents only.
The newly implemented fees will take effect at Madison Memory Gardens and Madison Cemetery, both right around the corner from city hall.