WILMINGTON, MA — At its meeting on Thursday morning, the Wilmington Cemetery Commission unanimously approved fee increases in a number of areas associated with the sale of grave lots, interments and cremation.
Below are both the old and new schedule of cemetery fees:
Key Differences between the two fee schedules include:
- A one-grave lot used to cost $650. It now costs $800.
- A two-grave lot used to cost $1,300. It now costs $1,700 (with flat marker) and $2,100 with headstone.)
- Four-grave lots are no longer for sale, although an individual can still purchase two consecutive two-grave lots.
- An internment of a resident used to cost $500. It now costs $800.
- A cremation of a resident used to cost $125. It now costs $200.
- A cremation of a former resident used to cost $125 and a non-resident used to cost $300. A cremation of a former resident now costs $200 and a non-resident $400.
- A “former resident” used to be defined as a resident who lived in town for at least half of his or her life. A “former resident” is now defined as someone who lived in town for at least 20 years (excluding children).
“The last time we raised the rates was back in 2007. It’s been nearly 10 years,” said DPW Director Mike Woods. “Even with these increases, we’re still a very reasonably priced cemetery.”
The Commission, meeting for the first time in SIX years, also addressed the issues of cemetery expansion and cemetery theft, which Wilmington Apple will report on over the next few days.
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