Residents Fight to Preserve Evergreen Cemetery
A cemetery with intriguing ties to Gainesville history... may have one foot in the grave.
The cemetery is facing hard financial times, along with the city that owns it.
City officials say the Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville is not bringing in enough money to cover operating costs.
To make the situation more difficult, most city departments must cut 15 percent from their budget because of the city's $7.4 million deficit.
City officials have some recommendations on how to make cuts, which include eliminating the cemetery coordinator position or making it part time, or giving the job to an independent contractor.
The coordinator position could be saved if the cemetery association increases the amount of money transferred from the cemetery fund to the city's general budget.
The director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will present the recommendations to the city manager around the end of May.
City commissioners will make a decision sometime in July.
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