The state's largest cemetery, and the second most visited cemetery in the country, will soon get financial help from the city.
Aldermen heard a proposal Tuesday to send Oak Ridge Cemetery 380-thousand dollars this fiscal year, which is about what it's projected to lose.
Springfield budget director Bill McCarty says the cemetery, the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, has been offsetting budget deficits with its perpetual care endowment fund -- which is supposed to fund cemetery operations after it can no longer accept new burials. A portion of the procceeds from each burial go into the fund.
Aldermen will likely approve the money in a couple of weeks on final passage.
(Posted 10-3-2012 at 4:35am, Alex Degman)