Buy now, die later: Boise Cemetery lot sales are breaking records.

You’ve heard of the scarcity of housing in Boise, so you probably know that more and more families are snapping up cemetery plots. And they’re not dying to get in there, they take them for the future.

It’s budget season, and area agencies and departments are crunching the numbers in anticipation of developing new spending plans for fiscal year 2023. Late yesterday, the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission City of Boise got an update on fees, capital improvement projects, repairs and maintenance.

Reviewing Parks and Rec revenues, Superintendent Karen Bledsoe told commissioners there was a growing trend for people to secure space in Boise cemeteries.

“Our cemeteries broke records. In FY20 we had 177,000. By the end of April, already in 22, we had 234. It’s people buying lots…more than actual burials. J So I thought that was interesting,” Bledsoe says.

The City of Boise Parks and Rec has more than 500 different types of fees, and for FY23, the department projects it could collect about $10.9 million in revenue.

The committee recommended adoption of the new fees and charges for the next fiscal year. The city council will have the final say.

Sallie R. Loera