Gwinnett businesses agree to tax hike to fund Sugarloaf improvements

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners today may approve the county’s sixth community improvement district – this one in the Sugarloaf Parkway area.

The Sugarloaf Community Improvement District would include 43 commercial properties near the intersection of Sugarloaf and I-85.

Community improvement districts are created at the request of commercial property owners who agree to pay an extra property tax to pay for transportation, landscaping and other improvements. Gwinnett already is home to five other districts: Braselton, Evermore, Gwinnett Place, Gwinnett Village and Lilburn.

As required by law, the proposed Sugarloaf CID won the approval of a majority of affected property owners. If county commissioners approve it, the district would begin collecting property taxes this year. Among other things, it could build and maintain roads and sidewalks, parks, storm water facilities and public transportation.