The Public Cemetery: Meeting Challenges in a Time of Change
1. THE PUBLIC CEMETERY:
MEETING NEW CHALLENGES IN A
TIME OF CHANGE
Georgia MunicipalCemeteryAssociation | 4 October 2017
Robert (Sherman)Yehl, Associate Professor of Political Science
Valdosta State University
In preparing our article for The Public Manager, Dr. Wickersham and I surveyed respondents on how the might preserve, protect, and promote their cemeteries. There are many ideas out there – from ensuring that revenue keeps up with costs, offering new products and services, dedicating a portion of the property tax specifically for cemetery operations, promoting more green burials which have less of an environmental impact, reframe the cemetery as a park for enjoyment for both the living and dead, ensuring there is adequate security to reduce vandalism and promote safety, and simply provide a website can help promote your cemetery not only to your citizens but to people everywhere – especially if you have unique monuments or celebrities buried that can drive traffic and interest.