Public Weighs In on Proposed Fee Increases in Boise

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It may be a buyer's market in the housing industry, but if you're on the market for a final resting place, that burial plot might just get a bit more expensive. Boise City Council is holding a public hearing tonight to discuss a series of over 70 proposed Parks and Recreation fee and fee increases, which if approved, will impact scores of local residents, from the young and lively, to the old and, well, lifeless.

Parks and Recreation, which manages Morris Hill, Pioneer and Fort Boise Military Cemetery, have proposed eleven fee increases for lots, marker and nameplate installations. Proposed changes include increasing the cost of marker installations from $200 to $225 and increasing the price of lots at Morris Hill Cemetery from $750 to $800. The cost of a monument lot at Pioneer Cemetery may also see a 33% jump from $1,500 to $1,995.

For the more vigorous residents of Boise, numerous sports and activity programming are up for fee increases. If proposed ZooBoise conservation fee and admission price changes are approved, adult and youth admission, which currently cost $6.50 and $4.25, respectively, will now run $7 and $4.25. A series of new programs have been proposed, including new AdVenture, adopt-a-tree and youth activity programs.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at City Council Chambers. To see the full list of proposed changes to be discussed, visit the City’s website.