Should Sanitation Fees Be Included on Property Tax Bills?

Gwinnett County already includes trash fees on property tax bills and the City of Dacula is considering doing the same.

The City of Dacula has planned two public hearings to gather input from citizens regarding a proposal to add sanitation fees to property tax bills.

While adding sanitation fees to property tax bills can be more cost effective for the billing entity and potentially increase collection rates, it can have a negative impact on property owners by increasing monthly mortgage payments and escrow fees. 

Do you think the City of Dacula should add sanitation fees to its property tax bills? If you are a county resident, do you like having your sanitation fees billed on your property taxes? Let us know in the comments.

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SLR October 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I don't mind paying it this way. I haven't seen an increase from what I was paying before. I do not escrow so it has not effected my mortgage payments.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
NO NO NO its a fee not a tax but guess these words are now interchangeable anymore, per the supreme court anyway. As to who supports the policy, looks like an 20 percent FOR pay the same or less vs. 80 percent AGAINST that pay MORE or WAY more. The REAL problem is that it grants way too much power to the state via legal foreclosure avenues. But we'll be hearing about that aspect a little more in 2013/2014.
Kristi Reed (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I object to the whole county trash program. I pay substantially more now than I did before the county got involved. I consider myself perfectly capable of choosing my own provider and paying my own bill without county intervention.
M. S. October 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Since I have had to pay for trash service on an empty house that I have been trying to sell for 22 months it sucks!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 01, 2012 at 08:15 PM
But it's for the children!!
Debbie Garmon October 02, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I do not know when we actually "gave up" the right to pick our own garbage service or it was taken away by county government. I would just like to know how could we reverse this decision or is it going to continue like this. As we all know, when there is no competion, prices tend to rise and control is lost by the very persons that pay the taxes- with NO VOICE!! Didn't we fight that battle a while back with the British? Hmmm...
GregRodgers October 02, 2012 at 01:02 PM
It cannot be reversed because our great BOC (most who are now gone or going) got into bed with the haulers and then tried to back out. The haulers sued...so WE THE PEOPLE got stuck paying for this debacle. I am against it....I was fine paying for trash pickup and recycling before it was forced on me by the Republican Socialist Mike Beaudreau.
Bob Roska October 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I agree and sympathize with M.S. who is paying for no service. I don't have a problem paying for trash collection out of my property tax. It's one less bill that I have to fret about writing a check for 4 times a year, and it gives the low-lifes who used to set their trash on the side of the road instead of paying for pickup no excuse for their behavior. If you own a home and pay taxes you have trash pickup. If you rent, your landlord pays for trash pickup. No excuses for midnight trash dumps anymore. And I do beleive I've seen less of this nuisance since the policy went into effect.
Kay Woodruff October 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
NO! It is illegal to charge garbage pickup on tax bill as the city is not providing the service but contracting with outside sources for the service. To have it paid under taxes complicates tax filings as folks take their taxes as deductions on tax forms. This billing as a tax places the resident in violation of tax laws. Kay woodruff
Karen A October 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Kay, I don't know if you live in Dacula, but Dacula does not contract the garbage/trash service out, as it has its own truck and uses its own city workers. I would not oppose inclusion of the fee on my property tax bill. Property owners who rent can pass the cost on to the renters in the form of higher rent. We all benefit if the city does not have to spend time and money trying to collect from the deadbeats who will not pay for the service.


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