For a homeowner with a homestead exemption on a house with a fair market value of $275,000, the rate hike would represent a tax bill increase of about $19.10 compared to the current millage rate.
“Whenever possible, the county has reduced the general fund millage rate and has done so three out of the last five years,” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a news release.
“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.”
In addition to the general fund millage rate, the county commission will consider separate millage rates for police; fire and emergency services; development and code enforcement; and recreation funds.
Last year’s overall county government millage rate was 13.319 mills.
The Gwinnett County government’s millage rate is separate from the millage rate adopted by the county’s Board of Education as well.
The school board is proposing a reduced millage rate for 2019.
Because the county government’s higher millage rate would create a tax increase, the county is mandated to hold three public hearings on the matter before the commission’s scheduled vote on July 16.
Two hearings are scheduled for Monday, July 8: one at 11 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. The third hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15.
All will be held in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Comments can also be submitted online at gwinnettcounty.com.