Peoria's historic cemetery works for more revenue

Dec 23, 2013

Springdale Cemetery has a new year resolution to create more revenue. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports those who’ve know the more than decade long transition of Springdale might question the plausibility of it.
The cemetery will operate on less than $745,000 next year. That includes seven full-time employees to handle business operations, new burials and the 220 acre building and grounds maintenance. But Springdale still suffers from not having the perpetual care fund raided by its last private owner. That in-part forced the court ordered receivership prior to the creation of today’s inter- governmental agreement. Still that’s little help to the overall budgetary maintenance of the grand park like historic preserve. 

Bob Manning chairs the Cemetery Management Authority. He says they’re hopeful to replenish the fund and eliminate the need for the intergovernmental supplements.

“But that’s a tall order it’s going to be several years, probably if we ever get there. So in the meantime, we’re trying to do the best we can to keep Springdale up to its grand standards, while maintaining our expenses to a minimal but we need to drive more revenues.”

Springdale will run about 50-thousand dollars over its basic county, park district and city funding in addition to its current revenues. The city of Peoria picks-up that over-run.