A gravesite at the historic Mount Olivet Cemetery, overlooking national monuments in the District of Columbia, is prime real estate, only available to families that already own plots on the 160-year-old grounds.
But the cemetery’s costliest asset has become its network of paved roads winding between gravesites. Covering more than 10 acres in all, the roads have triggered a large annual fee, collected as part of the District’s stormwater management program. The fee is scaled to the amount of hardened surfaces on a property that allows stormwater to wash pollution into creeks and rivers.
The fee on Mount Olivet’s water bill, which had been less than $7,000 before the fee was added in 2009, rose to nearly $140,000 in 2017.[Continue Reading]