WELSH, La. (AP) — The Board of Aldermen has approved an 80 percent increase for burial plots and expenses at the Oaklawn, Oaklawn Addition and Eastridge cemeteries.

The American Press reports Alderman Allen Ardoin voted against the increase, saying it wasn't fair to people who've lived in Welsh all their lives.

Under the measure, the cost of burial plots at the town's cemeteries would rise from $250 to $450. Recording fees paid to the clerk of court's office would increase from $40 to $50 beginning Jan. 1.

A $20 permit fee would also be assessed to funeral homes and contractors.

The increases would pay for improvements and expansions.

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