Twin Falls Commissioners move forward with Filer Cemetery Maintenance District

FILER, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) For the past 25 years, Tom Lancaster, a Filer resident, has taken it upon himself to maintain the the Filer Cemetery.

Lancaster said there's a lot of work to be done to improve it.

"This cemetery made its first burial in 1908 and not much has been done," Lancaster said. "The roads need to be paved, we need to have a mailbox out on the highway, we need to have a secretary inside an office, we need to have his and hers restroom here."

Lancaster made the effort for the city to consider a maintenance district for the cemetery. It eventually made it on the November election and voters passed it.

On Monday Twin Falls County Commissioners approved to move forward with the resolution.

"That means we have a new taxing district for Twin Falls County for the Filer Cemetery District and they will be able to levy property taxes starting next year," explained Kristina Glascock, the Twin Falls County Clerk.

Glascock said the commissioners' next step is to divide the boundaries into three sub-divisions.

The resolution stated the amount of taxes should not reach $80,000.

The main focus is to improve and renovate the cemetery and Lancaster is grateful for the support.

"Voters who voted it in made a good choice, this cemetery is going to be here for many, many years," Lancaster said.

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