The City of Lawrenceville does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting held in the Council Chambers of Lawrenceville City Hall at 70 S. Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 on July 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M., and pursuant to O.C.G.A 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s estimated tax digest and levy along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past 5 years.
Data was obtained from county records. These figures do not reflect billing adjustments to the digest. The figures for FY 2016 are estimates and are subject to change; the estimates do, however, include projected changes due to pending appeals, as well as new growth.
PUBLIC NOTICE – TAX INCREASE
The Gwinnett County Tax Assessor is required to review the assessed value of property in the county which includes the cities on a regular basis. When there is a change in the fair market value of property, the Tax Assessor must adjust the value of real property to reflect that fair market value of real property in the county. This process is known as property reassessment.
The Lawrenceville City Council is carrying out a deliberate strategy to increase the quality of life for the citizens of the city by providing additional high quality municipal services. In previous years, the city has rolled back the millage rate so that there was a net tax savings. By not ‘rolling back’ the millage and adopting a millage of 2.025, which is the same as last year, instead of 1.890, the city must advertise a tax increase.
The City of Lawrenceville has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 7.14%. All concerned citizens are invited to two public hearings on this tax increase to be held on July 6, 2016 at Lawrenceville City Hall at 10:00 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. Times and places of additional hearings on this increase are at Lawrenceville City Hall on July 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. The tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 2.025 mills, an increase of .135 mills. Without this tentative increase, the millage rate will be no more than 1.890 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $6.75 and the proposed tax increase for a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $550,000 is approximately $29.70.
Notice of Budget Availability and Budget Meetings
The proposed 2016/17 City of Lawrenceville budget has been submitted to the City Council and is available for inspection during normal business hours in the office of the City Clerk, 4th floor of City Hall, 70 S. Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, GA.
The City of Lawrenceville will hold the following public meetings to take public input on the millage rate and budget:
- Wednesday, July 6
- 10:00 AM – 1st Public Hearing on Millage and Budget
- 6:30 PM – 2nd Public Hearing on Millage and Budget
- Wednesday, July 20
- 7:00 PM – 3rd Public Hearing on Millage and Budget
- 7:15 PM – Special Called Meeting to Approve Millage
- Monday, August 1
- 7:00 PM – Regular Meeting – Approve Budget
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association
Gas Utilities Department Awarded for Operational Excellence
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 16, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department has earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association (AGPA). SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility. With SILVER level honorees earning 90-96% of possible points, the program is judged based on four categories: system integrity, system improvement, employee safety, and workforce development.
“We are so thrilled that the SOAR program is in place to recognize a hardworking group of individuals who strive daily to ensure that our community and environment are both protected and preserved,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “By enforcing specific policies and procedures, our gas utilities team works diligently to provide excellent customer service to the community all while providing safe and top level utility services.”
The AGPA will host their annual conference on July 26th in Newport, Rhode Island, where honorees will be presented with a plaque signifying the recognition for excellence in gas utility operations. Lawrenceville’s Gas Department Director, Mike Hutchins will be on-hand to accept the award on behalf of the City.
“It’s certainly an honor to receive this recognition from the American Public Gas Association,” said Mike Hutchins, Director, Gas Department. “To my knowledge, we are the only municipal gas department in the state of Georgia that has achieved this level.”
The team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures and aspires to continue to provide exceptional services to the community while raising public awareness about safety laws and procedures.
For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and the Gas Utilities Department, visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org.
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#LoveLawrenceville Campaign Launches on Social Media
County Seat Seeks Community Engagement Through Online Contest
LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 2, 2016
The City of Lawrenceville has launched a new campaign online known simply as #LoveLawrenceville. Residents, business owners, visitors and fellow Gwinnettians are encouraged to Capture their favorite things about Lawrenceville, Share why they love those things on social media using the #LoveLawrenceville hashtag and enter the contest to win a plethora of Lawrenceville-related swag and prizes!
“We want the people of Lawrenceville to enjoy where they live,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “The goal with this simple campaign is to increase Lawrenceville’s awareness and enhance the community’s pride. When you’re having fun and enjoying where you live, that naturally happens.”
Lawrenceville residents and guests are encouraged to participate in the campaign by capturing their memories and moments around the City and sharing the images on social media with the hashtag #LoveLawrenceville. By sharing these moments on social media, participants will have a chance to win swag and freebies gathered from a variety of local Lawrenceville businesses and restaurants and one lucky winner will be selected from the pool of submissions.
City officials hope to inspire two-way communication between the community at-large and local government. By visiting the City’s various social media outlets to participate in the #LoveLawrenceville discussions, residents and visitors will ultimately have access to pertinent City news and current information.