Comparing Snellville and Gwinnett Millage Rates

Snellville's rate is much lower than the county's, and right in the middle compared to other cities.

The City of Snellville lowered its millage rate from 5.7 to 5.0 as of July 1.   

Residents may be wondering how the city ranks among Gwinnett municipalities. And indeed, some figures from around the county show that Snellville has an attractive figure.

Some examples:

  • Peachtree Corners, 0.85 mills.
  • Lawrenceville, 2.16.
  • Lilburn 4.45 (up from 4.26)
  • Suwanee, 4.93 
  • Dacula, 5.7 (up from 5.128)
  • Duluth, 5.991 (unchanged).

Most of Gwinnett's 800,000-plus residents live in unincorporated areas, and so the county's rate determines their tax bill.

The county's rate is 13.02, according to Gwinnett spokesperson Joe Sorenson. It's the same for unincorporated and incorporated areas.

However, the settlement of the Service Delivery Strategy dispute this year will come into play in the future, Sorenson added. In 2013, service districts will be set up, and the total county millage rate will be different for different areas in the county based on the service districts applied to an area.

A homeowner's property tax bill is determined by a formula that includes the assessed property value. That figure is multiplied by the millage rate, then divided by $1,000.

-- Do you think your particular millage rate is too high? Too low? Tell us in the comments below.

Various Patch editors in Gwinnett contributed to this report.

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Snellville Tod August 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The list of tax rates does not show the whole picture. Snellville's millage rate includes curbside garbage service and a state of the art recycling center. Which the current Mayor and Councilman Sabbagh wanted to have people pay for separately above the current tax rate. Lawrenceville's tax rate is lower due to income produced from monopoly gas and water utilities. Since Lawrenceville has installed a new Mayor and a Council that truly believes in oversight, the millage rate should reduce even more as the utilities become more efficient.


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