County Burial


To All Area Funeral Directors:

This is just a reminder that the County Ordinance states that 'when a funeral director is contacted by the family concerned that the deceased may require county funds for burial, the family will be first referred to the County Office before any further arrangements are made’.  This is to secure an understanding that any funds the family receives for burial of the deceased are to be forwarded to Cerro Gordo County.  After the funeral director receives a signed agreement with the family making the arrangements, the County will no longer accept application.

The next of kin is responsible for the deceased person's burial expenses unless it can be shown through financial declarations that they are unable to assist. To show financial need the deceased's household income cannot exceed 150% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines or have combined resources exceeding $1,500. The director has the authority to determine each application on its individual merit.

A completed application must be submitted by the deceased's representative providing information on all individuals over 18 residing in the deceased person's household along with proof of income, last two bank statements, proof of identification, and any other specific documents requested.

In consideration of the payment of $1500, the herein named licensed mortician or funeral home will provide the following services:

  • Professional services
  • Medical Examiner
  • Cremation w/alternative container or traditional burial
  • Transportation of deceased to funeral home (within 20-mile radius)

The county policy does not include interment of cremated remains, or memorial service.

If any of the above has already been paid, a portion will be deducted from the county's payment. Income and assets shall be considered from all sources and shall include, but not be limited to, income from salaries, wages, commissions, royalties, bonuses, dividends, severance pay, pensions, interest, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security benefits, worker's compensation benefits, disability insurance.


County Courthouse

220 N. Washington Ave.
Mason City, IA 50401
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