Tax rates, fees rise in Lunenburg

Tax rates are up, a new fee introduced, and it also costs more to die as Lunenburg endorsed the remaining figures of its 2019-20 budget.

Residential ratepayers will fork out $1.351 per $100 of assessment, up slightly from the $1.344 of last year. The numbers also spiked for commercial taxpayers; rising to $3.358 per $100 of assessment from $3.32.

Ice rentals during prime ($172 per hour from $164) and non-prime hours ($145 per hour from $134) are going up, as is the rate for youth and schools (same as non-prime). The town added a new $4 surcharge to ice rental fees to set up a fund to pay for a new ice resurfacer.

Meanwhile, the cemetery rates rose at the town-owned graveyard.

One and two grave lots at the Hillcrest Cemetery, for example, are going up by $45 and $60. The largest increases are for non-resident cremation interments and non-resident traditional burials.

The hourly parking meter rate will double, rising to $2 an hour from a loonie. The cost will be more than double to park on the half-hour, and quadruple for a 10-minute stop.

Ratepayers will fork out more for sewer services as council previously sanctioned a six-and-a-half percent spike.

The town approved its 2019-20 general operating budget to the tune of over $7 million.

The general capital budget of $3.3 million was set during a previous council meeting as was capital budgets dealing with water and electric utilities.

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