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Apr 27, 2016 3:17 PM

City council votes to raise prices for those buried at Keene cemeteries

KEENE — It's not cheap to die these days.

Keene's city council has voted unanimously to increase burial costs for those to be buried in the city's cemeteries, the first time costs have risen since 2010.

According to the Keene Sentinel, higher costs will start going into effect on July 1, when prices will increase from $150 to $250 for graves and with interments now costing as much as $1,050.

Also, getting buried on a weekend of holiday will cost more than on a weekday, which was never the case in the past. Putting a memorial stone on a site will now also require a permit fee.

The new rates have the price of a grave for a casket increasing by $150, from $600 to $750, and doubling the price of a grave for a person’s cremated remains from $250 to $500.
Interments in a 4-by-10-foot plot will increase by $200, from $400 to $600, and will cost $900 if the burial is on a weekend or a holiday. During the winter, interments will cost $750, an increase of $270; and $1,050 on weekends and holidays.

The burial of cremated remains will increase by $85, from $165 to $250, and will now cost $400 to be inurned on a weekend or a holiday, and $350 during a winter weekend or holiday.

Cemetery fees that aren’t changing include the costs for burying children up to 12 years old; for bodies to be buried outside the city in tombs; overtime fees for funerals and grave closings held on weekends and holidays, and going beyond 3 p.m. on weekdays; and permit fees for evergreen shrubs with planting services and rose or lilac bushes. Grave markers for military veterans that are flush with the ground will now be free instead of costing $45.

According to the Senitel, Keene has nine cemeteries - three of which are considered active.

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