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Citizens Speak out Against Proposed Tax Increase

Dacula residents take advantage of opportunity to voice concerns over millage rate proposal.

City spending, previous millage rate increases and ongoing economic difficulties were among the concerns cited by the three residents who addressed the Dacula City Council during Thursday night's public hearing on the proposed property tax millage rate (see video for highlights).

The hearing was the second of three that have been scheduled to allow the public the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed tax increase. The and the

Thursday evening’s public hearing was followed by a brief work session in which advised that the vote on and the  will take place during the July 5 council meeting (see video).

The Dacula City Council meets at , 442 Harbins Road, Dacula. The July 5 council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Citizen Against Tax Increases June 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM
The Thursday, 6/28, 6:30 pm meeting had approx 6-7 citizens in attendance questioning this increase and show why it was needed. The Mayor displayed anger that citizens question why the increase of extra tax dollars. The recorded video of last night's session does not show his remarks on the questions. City of Dacula Citizens... please show up next Thursday, July 5th, 6:30 pm. Hardly any properties here in the City of Dacula received revalutions of lowered values, yet most are vacant, including huge commerical properties. Let leaders know we cannot contiune having increases in our city taxes every year for no visible services. We pay separately for the sanitation pickup and most other services are covered by our County taxes.
Kristi Reed (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Only three people addressed the council and highlights from their comments are in the first video. A large portion of Mayor Wilbanks' response is in the second video and the work session is in the third video. Due to the length, I did not post the entire meeting. I did not think Mayor Wilbanks displayed anger over the questions. The only frustration I saw him express was with the government mandates.
Jimmy Wilbanks June 29, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Whoa, can't let that pass. I did not show anger to any citizen at any public hearing. I treated all with respect and honor. I have been disappointed in some at past zoning hearings as their behavior was disrespectful of the Council. Remember we are your neighbors, and anything action affects us as well. Some where $13 million dollars of value in the tax digest disappeared from 2011 to 2012. Guess it was from reevaluations done administratively by the Tax Assessor's office or by formal action of the Board of Equalization. Remember the services that are easily forgotten: street maintenance (a residential street repaved in the County--you and unincorporated folks pay for that, pave that similar residential in the city and only you pay for that--no unincorporated citizen pays), median and right-of-way maintenance, sidewalk maintenance, street lights (charged to county residents on their tax bill if they have one), ordinance enforcement, quality of life enforcement, palnning and zoning services, and others. And yes these invisible services cost money. It's what your taxes help pay for. Generally, and without any exemptions except homestead, most people will pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 - $550 per YEAR, at the proposed millage rate, as their tax liability in the city based on the median house assessment in our superdistrict of East Gwinnett. Your experience may vary depending on the 100% value and the 40% tax value assessed by the Tax Assessor's office.
Jimmy Wilbanks June 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Yes there are also storm water services. Those are charged to County taxpayers on their tax bills. You do not pay a storm water fee in Dacula. That money comes from the general fund and of course some of it comes from your taxes.
Beth June 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Please if leaving comments - be truthful. I was there. Mayor Wilbanks never, not once, showed any anger. Only frustration I heard was with governmental red tape. I was treated with respect and courtesy.

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