Get out you calculator. Here's the deal:
Town increases burial fees
By Nate Hubabrd, Wytheville Enterprise Staff
Folks will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets in order to have 6 feet of dirt shoveled in Wytheville cemeteries.
The Town Council approved an increase for a variety of town fees during its Monday evening meeting, including multiple raises associated with the cemeteries.
Mausoleum crypt rates ... rose considerably from $365 to $500.
Another significant change to the fee regulations is a move up from 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. for extra grave digging expenses.
Any opening or closing of a grave on Saturday, Sunday, town holidays or after 2 p.m. on weekdays kicks in extra fees. Those additional charges also increased significantly.
For example, under the old schedule a Saturday opening and closing of a 6-foot adult grave would have cost $390. Now the same procedure will cost $725.
[Town manager Wayne] Sutherland said often a grave can be opened in advance even if a funeral is held on a weekend, which would save $225 if the grave was opened during normal hours from the hypothetical scenario with the new fees.
The additional grave opening charge was previously $75.
The above example is one of the most dramatic increases, but many individual cemetery fees were increased by close to $100 and the cost of multiple after-hours services doubled. (link)
A ravine out back is looking rather inviting about now.