Recently, Merritt City Council made a few changes to the Fees and Charges Bylaw with regard to the cemetery and the new columbarium.
“On October 9, 2018, Council adopted a new Cemetery Bylaw and a Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw, which was necessary to facilitate the installation of a new columbarium at the Pine Ridge Cemetery. The fees set out in the Fees and Charges Bylaw were only estimates, as the columbarium had not yet been ordered and specific costs were not known,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.
The City built the columbarium for just over $34,000 and plans to recoup those costs through the sale of the first 50 per cent of the niches.
Prices will depend on location within the columbarium and whether the deceased was a resident.
“Since all cemetery costs not covered by fees are borne by City taxpayers generally, staff recommends that Council implement the proposed 20% premium for non-residents,” added Smith.
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