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Board sets 2020 millage rates
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted 2020 millage rates to fund county services. The rate for Maintenance and Operations for the General Fund was lowered to 6.95 mills, down from 7.209 mills in 2019. Required notices for the millage rate adoption were published in the county’s legal organ Sunday, August 9.
Financial Services Director Buffy Alexzulian reported that the value of net taxable property in Gwinnett increased about 6.5 percent from the 2019 value. “We have been fortunate to see steady growth in the tax digest in recent years, allowing the Board to roll back the General Fund millage rate when they can,” says Alexzulian.
Property taxes are based on millage rates set by county government, the schools, and cities. One mill equals a dollar tax per thousand dollars of assessed property value.
The Gwinnett County Tax Assessor calculates the total value of all property in the county, called the tax digest, by conducting annual updates of residential and commercial property. Gwinnett property owners have been notified of this year’s assessed values.
The Board also set the rates for Recreation, Police, Fire & EMS, Development and Enforcement, and Economic Development. The 2020 total of all county property tax millage rates for property owners in unincorporated Gwinnett County will be 14.71 mills. This total does not include millage rates for schools or for cities. Millage rates for service districts like Police and Fire & EMS, are based on property location and county services provided. Details on millage rates are available online at www.gwinnettcounty.com.
Tuesday’s action paved the way for the Tax Commissioner’s Office to mail property tax bills later this year. Property owners or mortgage lenders can make payments by mail, online, by phone, at the main tax office in person, or by using one of the special drop boxes located at tax and tag offices.
2020 adopted budget puts Board’s strategic priorities in focus
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.84 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 that addresses a broad spectrum of areas.
The adopted 2020 budget is a 1.1 percent increase compared to last year's budget. It consists of a $1.44 billion operating budget and $401 million capital improvement budget, which includes funds from the County's SPLOST program .
“As we crafted this budget, we recognized we were dealing with many diverse needs ranging from public safety to parks to economic development,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We allocated funds to try to take care of today's projects, but we also set aside money for long-term projects that will yield benefits years from now. Ultimately, this budget should allow us to continue to provide superior services for our residents and businesses in the immediate and distant future.”
The budget was developed based on six strategic priorities set by the Board of Commissioners in March 2019 during its annual planning session: Safe and Healthy Community; Mobility and Access; Livability and Comfort; Strong and Vibrant Economy; Sustainable Government; and Communication and Engagement.
The budget was developed after department directors and elected officials each presented business plans for 2020 to the Chairman's budget review team earlier this fall. Commissioners held a public hearing on the budget December 12 and accepted comments in writing and online through December 31 before making their final decision.
Visit gcga.us/budgetguide for more information about the adopted 2020 budget.
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