Finances and Tax Rates

Public Notices

New COVID-19 Property Tax Financing Program

Town of Lunenburg Council has approved a COVID-19 Property Tax Financing Program to aid residents and businesses that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.  

This program will enable eligible taxpayers to pay their 2020/21 property taxes over a 30-month period at an interest rate of 1.35%.  Please note the deadline to apply is Friday, July 31, 2020. 

The program is for residential and commercial properties. The owners must have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. Eligibility criteria include:

  • For residents: If you are in receipt of a provincial or federal assistance program as a result of COVID-19; or you were laid off from employment after March 15, 2020.
  • For businesses: If your property assessment is under $6.5 million or you operate a tourism business (i.e., accommodations); a private or non-profit recreation facility (i.e., golf course, indoor playground, campground); a hospitality business (i.e., bars, cafes, coffee shops); a service business (i.e., hairstylist, nail salon, gym, tattooing); or are a health care provider (i.e., physician, dentist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, naturopath). In order to qualify for this program, the 2019/20 property taxes must be paid in full. Documentation will be required as part of the application process. 

To find out more about the program and to determine eligibility, please contact the Finance Director, Lisa Dagley, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-634-4410, ext. 229.

Applications are available here for pdf Residential (67 KB) and pdf Commercial (65 KB) .

The full policy is available here: pdf COVID-19 Pandemic Property Tax Financing Program Policy (32 KB)

Town Budgets

The Town of Lunenburg's fiscal year is April 1 - March 31.

The Town's Approved Operating & Capital budgets:

See the Budget Highlights infographic for a summary of how your tax dollars are allocated:

Town of Lunenburg Audited Financial Statements:


Please note that all Town of Lunenburg Grant Applications for fiscal 2020/21 must be submitted no later than March 31, 2020

Approved Grants List:

Town of Lunenburg Community Grants Procedural Policy

Tax Rates

2020/21 (per $100.00 of Assessment) Property Tax Rates:

Residential Commercial Seasonal Tourist Business
$1.346 $3.318 $2.489

2019/20 (per $100.00 of Assessment) Property Tax Rates:

Residential Commercial Seasonal Tourist Business
$1.351 $3.358 $2.519

Bills Issued and Payments Options

See Bills and Payments document pdf here (112 KB) .

The Town issues tax bills bi-annually. An interim bill calculated as 50% of the prior years' tax rate on the current year's assessment and is issued on May 1 each year. A final tax bill is calculated based on your current assessment at the current tax rate (per $100. of assessment) less interim taxes paid. The final tax bills are issued on September 1. All taxes are due upon receipt, however, interest is not charged if payment is received by the end of the month the bill was issued.

There is a Property Tax Exemption available for low-income individuals. Please see the current years' budget for income thresholds and tax exemption amounts or download the pdf Application for Property Tax Reduction (508 KB) .

Payment options include: pdf pre-authorized payment (21 KB) , cash, debit, cheque, post-dated cheque, telephone/internet banking, or paid at your bank branch at most Canadian financial institutions. The Town does not accept credit card payments. (Please note: When setting up online banking, search for the payee term “Lunenburg” rather than “Town of Lunenburg”, as it sometimes shows as “Lunenburg Town of”.)

Pre-authorized debit for Electric and Water Utilities requires pdf separate authorization (85 KB) .

Property Assessments

As of April 1, 2008 responsibility for property assessments and other property related services transferred from NS Assessment Services to the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC).

To view assessment information please visit PVSC at

Helpful Links

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