Input sought on possible tax ‘increase’ in Gwinnett | Gwinnett Daily Post

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Input sought on possible tax ‘increase’ in Gwinnett | Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett officials have advertised the possibility of a tax increase, although, at most, commissioners say the property tax millage rate will stay the same in 2014.

Commissioners will vote on the rate at a July 15 meeting. While a “consensus” has yet to be reached on the rate, officials have scheduled public hearings and met other requirements to allow the tax rate to remain at a total of 13.75 mils for residents of unincorporated Gwinnett.

Because property values have increased this year in an improved economy, a static rate could mean an increase in an individual’s tax bill, so the state Taxpayer Bill of Rights requires the county to meet the requirements of a tax increase even though the tax rate will not go up. School board members also fulfilled those requirements, voting Thursday to adopt the same rate as 2013.

Two commissioners — Lynette Howard and John Heard — said earlier this month they would prefer the rate remain the same, while another, Tommy Hunter, said he wanted to see the rate “rolled back,” which would reduce the rate to the proportion of the value increases so, on average, people would pay about the same amount in taxes.

“We’ve still got some work to do among ourselves as to what we actually adopt,” said Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who declined to say which option she would prefer. “Part of my responsibility is to pull the group together to a consensus.”

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