Plan 20 years ahead for burial fee

A proposed maintenance fee for burial plots purchased now could be charged in 20 years' time.

A proposed maintenance fee for burial plots purchased now could be charged in 20 years' time.

THOSE planning ahead for their own burial may have an additional worry – other than their own upcoming demise of course.

At the Bega Valley Shire Council meeting on Wednesday, amendments to the council’s fees and charges for 2015 were tabled for discussion.

Among them was a maintenance fee “for burial licenses over 20 years, payable at time of burial, be only applicable to licences purchased from 2014/15 onwards”.

Essentially, if you buy a burial plot now, the maintenance of that plot is covered for the next 20 years.

If you happen to die after that time, the new fee will be charged.

That fee, along with other amendments to the adopted BVSC 2015 Fees and Charges such as for road closures and hall hire, is to go on public exhibition for 28 days for comment.

Also on the agenda…

QUESTIONS raised recently over councillors travelling to conferences on the ratepayers’ dime (BDN, 22/7) seem to have hit home. 

At Wednesday’s meeting, Bega Valley Shire councillors voted unanimously to not have a councillor travel to Albury for a Regional Development Australia conference in October.

Cr Russell Fitzpatrick moved the motion that a councillor not attend, after confirming BVSC would be represented by a senior member of staff regardless.

“If that’s the case I can’t justify sending a councillor at a cost of around $1800 of ratepayers’ money,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.

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