Public hearing on Gwinnett tax rate Tuesday

The first of three public hearings on Gwinnett County property tax rates will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the county’s Justice and Administration Center auditorium, 75 Langley Drive.

The county’s 2013 budget calls for most residents to have a modest increase in their rate. About 76 percent of the population live in unincorporated Gwinnett, where the owner of a $157,000 home would pay about $38 more this year than last. People who have the same home value but live in the seven Gwinnett cities without their own police departments will likely pay $19 more than last year.

Meanwhile, those with a $157,000 home in the nine cities with their own police departments will pay $65 less under proposed rates; Loganville residents would pay $234 less.

County tax bills in Gwinnett will look different this year because of the establishment of four service districts for fire/emergency medical services; police; development/code enforcement; and Loganville EMS. Each district has a specified millage rate.