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Comparing Suwanee and Gwinnett Millage Rates

Suwanee's proposed rate is among the county' s lowest.

The City Of Suwanee is preparing to lower its 2012 millage rate to 4.93, which would be the third straight year it has dropped the property tax benchmark.

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

Some examples:

  • Peachtree Corners, 0.85 mills.
  • Lawrenceville, 2.16.
  • Lilburn 4.45 (up from 4.26)
  • Snellville, 5.0 (down from 5.7)
  • 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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