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Mississippi Code Title 21. Municipalities § 21-37-21. Cemeteries

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The governing authorities of municipalities shall have the power and authority to maintain, repair, and enlarge all of the public cemeteries owned or controlled by such municipalities, within or without the municipal limits, at the expense of the treasury of such municipality.

Should there be situated wholly within the corporate limits of any municipality a cemetery which, because of age, abandonment of graves by private owners, or for other good cause, is not being properly maintained, and thereby becomes detrimental to the public health and welfare, and should the governing authorities of that municipality determine that it is to the best interest of the said municipality that the municipality assume the maintenance of such cemetery, then such governing authorities shall have the power and they are hereby authorized to acquire title to such cemetery by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise and are authorized to thereafter maintain, repair, enlarge, fence or otherwise improve such cemetery.

The governing authorities of any municipality having a population in excess of seven thousand five hundred according to the latest available federal census and being located in a county having an area in excess of eight hundred twenty-five square miles which is traversed by a link of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, may, in its discretion, appoint a cemetery board of trustees of not less than five nor more than seven members to serve for staggered terms of office with full power and authority to administer and operate its cemetery, including but not limited to authority for the establishment of a fund, from a portion of the proceeds from the sale of cemetery lots, to be held in trust and invested by said trustees to the end of insuring perpetual care and maintenance of said cemetery with the least possible tax levies.  The municipal governing authorities and the trustees are authorized and empowered to promulgate and adopt reasonable rules and regulations, not inconsistent with law, deemed essential in carrying out the provisions of this section.

Cite this article: - Mississippi Code Title 21. Municipalities § 21-37-21. Cemeteries - last updated January 01, 2018 |

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