Wednesday, April 3, 2013
State-required notices to be mailed out April 5 do not reflect 2013 service districts.
Notices of current assessments for residential and commercial property owners in Lilburn and Gwinnett will be mailed out on Friday (April 5). But, don't pay or estimate your taxes on it. Factors associated with the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) settlement could cause confusion. In a news release, Gwinnett County officials say the notices that are required by state law do not reflect the 2013 service districts that were implemented as a result of the SDS settlement with the cities. County officials said the new millage rate will be set in the summer, after assessments and appeals are completed in the spring. Rates will be determined by a property’s location, which determines what services are provided by the county. Property taxes will be…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The current sales tax expires after this year. Voters must approve an extension, but they need a chance. Share your thoughts.
It has been less than a year since voters in metro Atlanta soundly rejected a transportation sales tax. Now, Gwinnett County voters, including those in Lilburn, may face a similar choice in 2013. The current countywide Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program expires at the end of the year. (To see how Gwinnett County SPLOST funds have been distributed to the cities, see the attached graphic.) If voters want new projects in transportation, public safety or new buildings, they'll have to vote "yes." But, will voters get the chance? County leaders have made no final decision, and that decision is not theirs alone. Leaders of Gwinnett County cities must be in accord with county leaders on how SPLOST monies would be spent before such a …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Georgia Fair Share presented U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall with a banner signed by Gwinnett citizens concerned about cutbacks should Congress not be able to reach an agreement. Watch the video of the group presenting the 35-foot petition to Woodall's office.
With the clock ticking in Washington, D.C., protestors held a rally asking Congress to reach a deal before drastic cuts-- referred to "sequestering--" go into effect on March 1st. The group Georgia Fair Share gathered outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday morning holding up a 35-foot banner. The banner was made up of dozens of pages of signatures from concerned Gwinnett citizens. They then rolled up the banner, walked to Congressman Rob Woodall's office and delivered the petition to his office. Georgia Fair Share is asking Woodall and Congress to prevent the sequester by closing corporate tax loopholes and ending outdated subsidies. "Congress has an opportunity to stop budget cuts that will …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Education, job-search assistance and child vaccinations are among areas in Georgia that would be affected, the White House says.
Just when you got over the "fiscal cliff" -- get ready for the "sequester." According to USA TODAY, the White House began warnings about the sequestration -- automatic budget cuts -- by issuing reports Sunday (February 24) on how the coming $85 billion in reductions will affect each of the 50 states. With the cuts set to begin Friday, President Obama is expected to cite the state reports as part of his effort to pressure congressional Republicans over the sequestration. In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said "surely" Obama can find a way to cut 2 to 3 percent from a $3.5 trillion budget. "Rather than issuing last-minute press releases on cuts to first responders or troop training or airport security, he should …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The commissioners hold their first Febuary 2013 meeting Tuesday.
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners plans to consider some financial expenditures for public safety and emergency response items at their regular work session meeting Tuesday (February 5). The work session is scheduled for 10 a.m., with the regular business meeting set for 3 p.m. According to the work session agenda, Gwinnett Police are in line to accept a grant of about $108,000 from the Department of Homeland Security. Also, an additional $3 million is being requested by Support Services to purchase law enforcement and emergency vehicles to avoid a 2014 model year price increase. According to county documents, the Homeland Security grant would be used to purchase such items as helmets, face shields and portable lighting items for first …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Homeowners and renters can receive a $200 rebate for replacing older toilets.
Friday, January 18
Commissioners approved an agreement with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District on Tuesday to continue Gwinnett County’s participation in the toilet rebate program. Since 2010, Gwinnett residents have replaced more than 11,700 inefficient toilets, saving an estimated 221,800 gallons of water daily. Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption, and some of those manufactured prior to 1994 use up to seven gallons per flush. “As toilets age, they are also likely to develop leaks that can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day, so replacing a home’s older toilets with new WaterSense® labeled models will deliver significant water savings,” …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The new water rate represents a 3.5 percent increase over last year's rate; the sewer rate is nearly 10 percent higher.
Beginning in January, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources customers, including those in Snellville, will see higher rates for water and sewer. Sewer rates will also be significantly higher as residential customers will pay a rate of $7.11 per 1,000 gallons in 2013 compared to $6.47 in 2012 -- a 9.9 percent increase. The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources does not receive taxpayer funding and routinely increases its rates to cover operating costs. Addtional information regarding the new rate structure is available on the county's website or by calling 678-376-6700. This originally ran in the Dacula Patch.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gwinnett County commissioners recently approved a nearly $400,000 road and water project for an area of Lilburn.
From a Gwinnett County government press release: Gwinnett County's Water Resources Department received approval by commissioners on Tuesday for projects in the Lilburn and Peachtree Corners areas. One project will replace 3,500 feet of PVC water pipe with new 8-inch ductile iron pipe in the Holly Ridge subdivision in Lilburn. Reeves Contracting Company was the lowest of eight bidders at $393,040. The work will take about 180 days. The second project will build storm drain facilities and restore 2,580 feet of stream on tributaries of the Chattahoochee River in the Peachtree Station subdivision in Peachtree Corners. The Dickerson Group had the lowest bid at $710,476. The contract will be paid by the Water and Sewer Renewal and Extension Fund…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The purpose is to allow public comment on the proposed 2013 budget. No vote will be taken.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m. to allow public comment on the proposed 2013 budget. The planned $1.3 billion budget, a reduction from the 2012 spending plan, was rolled out in November. However, no formal vote on the 2013 budget is planned before January. Monday's meeting will be at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. The 2013 budget is the first full county budget document since the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS0 settlement was reached in February 2012 between the county and cities in the Gwinnett Municipal Association. That settlement, among other things, mandated certain payments from the county to the cities and called…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Gwinnett County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of emergency services, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, however. Thanksgiving Day is a trash and recycling holiday. Therfore, pickups scheduled on that day will be rescheduled for Friday. Friday pickups will be rescheduled for Saturday. Only Thursday and Friday pickups will be affected. Normal hours and trash schedules resume on Monday, Nov. 26.