The Mifflin Township trustees May 20 approved an increase in the fees for burials and grave sites in the township's two cemeteries.

The Mifflin Township trustees May 20 approved an increase in the fees for burials and grave sites in the township's two cemeteries.

Service director Calvin "Mac" McKnight requested the increases -- the first since January 2005 -- in order to generate more revenue for the maintenance of Mifflin and Riverside cemeteries.

Effective July 1, the price of a grave site will increase from $500 to $700 for township residents and from $900 to $1,200 for others. Weekday interment fees will increase from $600 to $800, with the Saturday fee going from $700 to $900 and the Sunday and holiday fee increasing from $900 to $1,200.

McKnight said the fees currently generate $140,000 to $160,000 a year to cover all expenses related to maintaining the two cemeteries, including employee wages and mowing.

"It's just not enough money," he said. "There's a lot of things that need to be done, but there's no money to do them."

Mifflin Cemetery on Olde Ridenour Road covers about 26 acres; Riverside Cemetery on Sunbury Road, north of McCutcheon Road, is about 17 acres.

"This does give us a little more money into your department budget," trustee Lynn Stewart told McKnight. She said township officials need to be "creative and brainstorm ways" to generate additional revenue for cemetery maintenance.

One idea that was discussed briefly is a cemetery levy, perhaps 0.25 mill that township residents would vote on.

Trustee chairman Joe Spanovich agreed that a levy "is something we should consider in the near future."

In other business, Spanovich asked fire Chief Jim DeConnick and other department heads to come up with suggestions on how to conserve fuel without compromising the quality of service provided to residents.

"I think we have to look in that direction and conserve as much as possible," Spanovich said.

The trustees' next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 17 at the township hall, 118 Olde Ridenour Road.