What exactly is perpetual care?
Most cemetery blocks are endowed, meaning the purchasers paid for perpetual care of these grave sites. Created in the early 1900's, the perpetual care fund encompasses the mowing, watering, and fertilizing of grave sites. Monument maintenance is the responsibility of the purchasers and their heirs.
Perpetual care is simply defined that the cemetery will provide the maintenance necessarily to ensure there will always be a cemetery to visit. This policy has been in placed since the beginning of the cemetery.
Families are responsible for the care and maintenance of the headstones and that responsibility falls to heirs as well.
Even though Evergreen Cemetery is city owned, it is not city funded. Any and all monies to maintain the cemetery are through burial fees. This includes irrigation, mowing, trees equipment etc.