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City of Dacula 2012 Tax Rate Increase

We must stop an very unnecessary proposed city tax rate increase. Please join us on Thursday June 28th at 10AM or 5:30 PM for the public hearing at Dacula City Hall to oppose thie tax increase.

The City of Dacula is advertising to raise their city tax millage rate again for the third year in a row.  When verifying justification for raising the tax rate, I was told they know that they will receive less revenue because property values are down. Can you imagine this kind of thinking? Guess what, no proposed 2013 budget has been discussed yet, nor any areas of where the budget can be cut or tightened! You should see what some of these employees are earning with all their benefits! Are we, as City taxpaying citizens going to stand for this? All of our services come from the County, except trash pickup, a $1mil dollar gazebo park and random road patch.

Please get involved and show up at the Thursday, June 28th hearing at City Hall to help fight this increase. All of you and our families are having to buckle down as our budgets change to our revenue, why doesn't Dacula follow suit like other cities in Gwinnett?

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Jimmy Wilbanks June 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Three points about this post: 1. We are working the 2012 budget cycle, not the 2013 budget which will be proposed during the November/December 2012 time frame. 2. As the poster well knows, the City is required to have a balanced budget, part of which is funded by taxes on real property. 3. As the tax digest declines, the millage rate rises to raise the amount of money required in the budget. 4. Please read the 4-part discussion of the tax cycle, including setting the millage rate. The public is invited to attend the public hearings on this matter, just as they were back in December 2011 when the budget was discussed in excruciating detail.
Jimmy Wilbanks June 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Oops, the 4-part discussion of the tax cycle is at www.daculaga.gov
American Patriot June 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM
How does the tax digest keep declining so much when we have had so much commercial development. From the corner of Fence Rd to Hurricane Shoals Rd that area has changed from basically farm land to commercial land with some pretty big tenants. Seems like that land should be generating a lot more revenue then it did in the past. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
Jimmy Wilbanks June 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Be glad for the $40 million of commercial development in Dacula during the past few years. By balancing the commercial/residential ratio, the tax digest weathers these cycles and especially in our present depression. Putting trillions of dollars more in the economy without producing anything devalues the money already in circulation resulting in higher prices for produced goods and lower values for property, including your home. Property values for tax purposes is in the tax assessor's hand. The City has nothing to do with valuing your property for tax purposes. As the housing stock ages, values decline especially in our current housing markets. Few new homes are being built, and most of the new homes being build are smaller and less expensive. The current crop of people getting out on their own look to the housing debacle and wonder if owning a home is a prudent investment in this economic climate.
American Patriot June 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
So the older the property is the less valuable it becomes??? Not sure about that but I hope you remember that 10 years from now. As long as that 40 million of commercial development is paying the same property taxes as I am then I guess I am OK with it. I have to wonder if it is time we start taxing the churches and schools. They get a lot of benefits from being here and don't pay a dime in property taxes. I know that is a federal issue and out of your hands but why should I subsidize Hebrons massive complex? The only thing that could be controlled was the zoning. Probably should have limited the size of the complex. (If you go to Hebron I don't mean to offend you just trying to make a point and your church is obviously the largest in town). I am glad you realize that smaller less expensive homes are coming online so you should be able to adjust the budget accordingly. I am still not sure why that new storage complex is being built. Seems like that could have waited and not for nothing but do we really need the marshall? He's a great guy but expensive.
GregRodgers June 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Its great to see that Mr. Wilbanks has come here to give his input, seeing how he basically killed the City Of Dacula forum by imposing the "give me your address" to prove you live in Dacula ordinance. Way to go on that one Mr. Wilbanks. With regards to the tax increase.....way to go on that one too....so the people who no longer live in their homes because many bit off more than they could chew leave the rest of us holding the bag and thats fair? Wow....now that's our government at work! Tax the people who have lived within their means while giving tax breaks to businesses. That's the American way! I agree with you American Patriot. With all of the new businesses popping up, for which we were told would be helpful to homeowners as these businesses would offset taxes....something seems oddly strange about enforcing a tax increase.
Diane June 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
As for the gazeba/park?, I have long suspected this was done to enhance the Dacula Pharmacy, reason being the owner is friends with one or more of the city council. I don't care which tax cycle you are working on, things need to be cut before raising taxes. Listen to those who elected you, don't thumb your nose at them.
Scott June 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Must the public that is invited be city residents? Or can we be from the Dacula suburbs?
Citizen Against Tax Increases June 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Re Scott: If you shop, trade or use any business in the City of Dacula, the tax hike would be passed on in prices to the consumer. However, I'm not sure if the Council would accept remarks in this instance. But if you, or others, are in opposition, why not support those who are being affected.
M.K. OSBORNE June 23, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I'm not sure about the Marshal , with the Precinct so close . I would have to pull some data on response times , etc. I was hoping Vanessa would have followed up on this since it was one of her talking points in the election.

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