Cheating could force Providence to hike cemetery fees

PROVIDENCE, Utah (AP) — Widespread cheating on cemetery rules could lead to an increase in the price of burial plots in Providence.City Administrator Skarlet Bankhead says some Providence residents have cheated the city – buying up plots and reselling them to out-of-towners who want to get around higher fees.The price of a burial plots is $150 for residents and $600 for nonresidents.The Providence City Council is now considering charging a single, flat fee, regardless of residency.Councilman Dale Astle says charging outsiders a higher rate seems fair because local tax dollars support the cemetery.Providence Public Works Director Randy Eck says raising all plot fees to $600 would make the resident fees in Providence the highest of any cemetery in Cache County.

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