The majority of Gwinnett County residents will pay more in property taxes this year if the proposed millage rate is approved.
If the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners votes to leave the millage rate unchanged, property owners should receive a tax bill approximately the same as the estimated property tax assessment mailed in April. According to information released earlier this year by the Tax Assessor's Office, the majority of residential tax assessment notices reflected an increase in appraised value -- and thereby estimated tax bills -- compared to 2013.
To view your Gwinnett County property tax assessment notice online, click here.
The proposed total county millage rate (excluding school taxes) is 13.75 mills. The school tax rate of 21.85 mills was adopted on June 26 and is unchanged from last year. Due to the increased tax digest, the school tax rate also constituted a tax increase.
"County government has done what had to be done over the last few years to deal with the loss of revenues resulting from the economic downturn and the plummet in property values. We chose not to increase millage rates in the midst of the recession to offset value drops because we knew that property owners were struggling, too," said commission chairman Charlotte Nash in a released statement. "However, we also know that some of the steps taken in recent years are not sustainable in the long run and could have negative impacts. All of the commissioners are carefully considering the needs of the community as we prepare to make a decision on the 2014 millage rate."
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will hold three hearings regarding the proposed property tax increase. Two hearings will be held on July 7 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A third hearing will take place on July 14 at 6:30 p.m. All three hearings will be held in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Citizens may also provide feedback online regarding the proposed millage rate. A 2014 millage rate comment form is available on the Gwinnett County website.
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