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The City of Hodgenville has filed civil action in LaRue Circuit Court asking for permission to terminate the Red Hill Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.
Prior to 2008, a local government that owned a cemetery was required to create and maintain a perpetual care trust fund for the cemetery’s upkeep. The law was amended by the Kentucky General Assembly to permit the dissolution of a perpetual care fund on condition that the funds were to be utilized solely for the general care, maintenance and embellishment of the cemetery.
The funds will be held separately from the general fund and the city must continue to file reports with the Office of Consumer Protection.
A copy of the city’s petition has been forwarded to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.
City Clerk MaDonna Hornback said Red Hill’s perpetual fund had been set up in an Elizabethtown bank. The money will be moved to a local bank “where it will be invested in our local community instead of Hardin County.”
The Red Hill Cemetery Board, composed of Hodgenville City Council members, will continue to meet and oversee the cemetery, she said.