Two cemetery districts field 8 candidates

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first_imgVoters in north Clark County will have a few options this fall when it comes to who should be calling the shots in their area’s publicly owned cemeteries.Eight candidates are running for commissioner positions in two districts. The positions are uncompensated, six-year terms, according to the county website.Most candidates have lived in north Clark County most of their lives and have family members in cemeteries within their districts. All seem to have the same top priority: keeping things well maintained.District 4All three commissioner positions in District 4, which serves Mountain View Cemetery, Amboy Cemetery and Chelatchie Cemetery, are up for election.The district has been the scene of controversy before.The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued a report in March that contained results from an independent accountability audit of the district between 2008 and 2010. It said the district lacked proper documentation for 41 plots that were sold to the public. The report said the plots had a total value of at least $8,000.In addition to the lack of documents, the auditor’s office said the district sold plots in areas of the Amboy Cemetery where burials could not occur; sold plots for amounts not on the board-approved price lists; did not require payment for plots, headstones and liners when they were provided, and did not document payment arrangements, and charged an individual twice for two plots.Old commissioners were replaced after the controversy and the new ones are still trying to get things in order, said Commissioner Bob McClellan, who is seeking re-election.last_img

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