COMMISSIONERS SCHEDULE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON 2019 MILLAGE RATE ADOPTION
(Lawrenceville, Ga., June 28, 2019) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings to receive comments on the proposed 2019 millage rates.
Two hearings will be held Monday, July 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a third is scheduled for Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. The three hearings will take place in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. The millage rate adoption is scheduled to take place Tuesday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
The Gwinnett County Tax Assessor calculates the total value of all property in the county, called the tax digest, by conducting annual property updates of residential and commercial property and issuing assessment notices to the owners in accordance with state law. When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires taxing authorities to compute a rollback millage rate for maintenance and operations that will produce the same total revenue based on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred. If a jurisdiction considers a millage rate for adoption that is above the rollback millage rate, then the millage rate under consideration is considered a tax increase.
For 2019, Gwinnett County’s rollback millage rate is calculated at 6.876 mills. The 2019 millage rate that the Board of Commissioners is considering is 7.400, or 0.524 mills above the rollback millage rate. As such, state law requires that the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners announce a property tax increase. Required notices for the millage rate adoption will be published in the county’s legal organ Sunday, June 30.
“Whenever possible, the County has reduced the General Fund millage rate and has done so three out of the last five years,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “However, the demand for services and the cost of providing them to our residents and businesses continue to grow. This proposed millage rate will allow us to maintain our current service levels and meet increased demand.”
Commissioners will also consider millage rates for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Development and Code Enforcement and Recreation funds.
In addition to the public hearings, commissioners are accepting online comments about the proposed 2019 millage rates. Interested residents should visit www.gwinnettcounty.com to access the form and provide their thoughts.