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With fewer burial plots available, nonprofit weighs funding options so 130-year-old site can be maintained

A local cemetery that is more than 130 years old likely will sell out of burial plots in the next 10 to 15 years, and when that happens the organization’s business plan will have to change.

Greenwood Cemetery is a nonprofit organization, overseen by an unpaid board of directors. But it relies heavily on income from plot sales to pay for maintaining the final resting place of some of Greenwood’s earliest residents, including Civil War veterans and the city’s first mayor.

Board members have to plan ahead for losing about 60 percent of the cemetery’s annual income from selling burial plots, board secretary Andy Copeland said. About 1,500 plots are left, depending on how many cremations instead of full burials the cemetery handles, he said. The cemetery sells approximately 100 plots per year, he said. In 2013, 120 were sold.

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