It’s a little more expensive to die in King County now:
A $50 fee for cremations goes into effect Nov. 20.
A Seattle-King County Public Health manager, Gareth Johnson, says the money will help pay for the medical examiner’s office to review all deaths. It will determine if they should be investigated before the body is destroyed.
…John Rolfstad [director of the People’s Memorial Association] says the fee could be a burden for the poor or discriminate against people who chose cremation for religious purposes.
Sounds to me like a pall tax.