COMMISSIONER BEN KU ISSUES STATEMENT URGING STATE LEGISLATORS TO ELIMINATE FEES THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT TAX COMMISSIONERS

(Lawrenceville, Ga., March 30, 2021) – Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter is continuing the process of renegotiating agreements with eight municipalities (Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Peachtree Corners, Snellville and Sugar Hill) to provide billing and collection services. The proposed changes to the agreements would charge the cities the cost of collecting their taxes and fees and would also charge a fee that would directly compensate the tax commissioner.

Commissioner Ben Ku issued the following statement regarding the matter:

“Our County Tax Commissioner already receives a very competitive salary and charges city property owners additional fees for collection services.

“I urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to pass legislation that addresses the practice across the state of allowing the Tax Commissioner to supplement their own salary.

“But if that is not possible at this time, I encourage them to at least address the practice in Gwinnett County.

“If legislation fails and the Tax Commissioner believes an additional supplement is necessary, I would ask that it be a fully transparent separate line item on the tax bills.”

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