Yes, a $55 fee was tacked on to a burial bill for the newly deceased. I understand charging a fee, but seriously, does the government think people will stop dying to avoid the fee? I'm being somewhat silly here, but I do wonder, what behavior are they hoping to change? Is it to encourage green burials, cremation, etc.?
I posted a comment on the blog, but have not heard anything more. It is comforting to know that bizarre government policies are not solely a product of the good ole US of A.
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