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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013

Cemetery District No. 2 (Yelm) - Commissioner, Position No. 1


Cemetery Districts - Thurston County has two operating cemetery districts: District No. 1 (Grand Mound) in
Rochester and District No. 2 in Yelm. Each district elects a three-member nonpartisan commission from within its jurisdiction, and the commissioners serve staggered six-year terms. The commission is non-salaried, but members may be reimbursed for expenses. Under state law, a commission is empowered to make and carry out contracts and to acquire, improve, and operate cemeteries. It establishes fees and regulations for their use. The budget is prepared by the district commission and certified by the Board of County Commissioners. The county Treasurer receives and disburses all revenues and maintains a cemetery fund for each district. Funding comes from revenue received through the sale of cemetery lots, from the district’s share of the junior taxing district levies, and from private donations.

All cemetery district positions are nonpartisan.

  Only voters residing within the Yelm Cemetery District will vote on this position.
Statements are written by the candidates, who are solely responsible for the contents therein.
Darlene E. Baker PO Box 727, Yelm, WA 98597, (360) 458-7302,
Darlene E. Baker

I have served on the Cemetery Board since 1983 and many favorable changes have occurred during this time. All equipment has been upgraded or replaced. The appearance of the grounds has been improved by installing a sprinkler system and a well to operate this system. Almost five acres have been added to the Cemetery increasing the size to just under fifteen acres. A burial plot plan was recently surveyed for the North Addition of the Cemetery.

The Cemetery has a cremation niche wall which holds 256 singles or doubles. A new entrance gate has been added to the Cemetery with the date 1881. The Cemetery now has two employees, a Groundskeeper and an Office Manager.

These improvements have been accomplished due to the interest of myself and the other board members. The Yelm Cemetery Board invites you to come see your Cemetery on Cemetery Road off of Cook Road.

Ballots will begin arriving October 17, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by October 24,
contact our office immediately.

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