Kilgore looking to raise Cemetery Plot prices

Kilgore looking to raise Cemetery Plot prices

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas city may double the price of their cemetery plots. Kilgore City Officials say they have already drafted a City Ordinance to present to the City Council.

Some however do not feel like raising the price is necessary.

Funeral Director J. Mitchell says he understands that prices are going up on nearly everything, but he doesn't see why people should be paying double after they die.

"Should you double the cost of a car you buy? should you double the cost of a house? It just seems to be more palatable to increase it incrementally than to double it," Mitchell said.

B. J. Owens with the City of Kilgore says Council members asked him to do price comparisons.

"So we did a survey of cemeteries even some cemeteries from west Texas to get prices for  what they were charging per lot and we found that we were on the lower end of the spectrum," Owens said.

Owens says cemeteries in kilgore charge between $350 to $450 per plot. He found that surrounding cities charge nearly $800.

Another issue is whether to charge non-Kilgore residents more, which Owens feels that isn't necessary.

"And it doesn't matter to us whether they're from Tyler or Overton, Liberty City or Kilgore, but we do want to make sure that the citizens of Kilgore have spaces. So that's when we started talking about re-mapping spaces and these cost came up," Owens explained.

Owen says he suggested the price be raised by 30 to 40 percent, instead of doubling it.

The new fee for burial plots will be set next Tuesday at the City Council meeting.

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