The town of Braselton, which straddles the Barrow, Jackson, Hall and Gwinnett county lines in northeast Georgia, is among the jurisdictions around the state recently awarded infrastructure project loans through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. More...
County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for
the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Monday, September 1 for the
Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday,
September 2. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County
Detention Center during the holiday.
Labor Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid
waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash and recycling
collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Call Center will be closed that
day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can search for their solid waste hauler to find their hauler’s
Residents who live in a city should contact their trash
and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the
Commissioners in June approved a $9.7 million contract with low bidder Cooper & Co. General Contractors Inc. to build the second phase of an expansion to the Gwinnett County Fire Academy.
Construction will include a two-story, 35,000-square-foot education building and a three-bay storage building for fire apparatus and a training pavilion. The new academic building replaces a smaller, 30-year-old building and will have eight large classrooms plus a conference room, a kitchen, office space, and a student resource center.
Work will get underway by fall of this year with completion expected in two years. The project is funded by the voter-approved 2009 SPLOST sales tax.
The first phase of the expansion was recently completed and added a heavy duty driving training pad and a storage building with an observation deck for driving instructors. The existing burn building and high-rise training tower on the site located at 3608 Braselton Road near Dacula will remain.
Fire Chief Casey Snyder said, "These new facilities continue a planned expansion of our Fire Academy to meet our training needs for both entry-level and existing firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs." More...
The Gwinnett County Police Department will
host a job fair on Saturday, August 23
from 8:00am to 3:00pm for Police
and Communications Officer positions. The job fair will take place at the
Gwinnett County Police Training Center, located at 854 Winder Highway in
The Gwinnett County Police Department is a
nationally accredited, full-service department with specialized units such as
SWAT, K-9, DUI Task Force, and more. The department offers a competitive
compensation/benefits package along with on-the-job training. Interested
applicants are encouraged to apply before attending the fair on the Police
employment webpage; however human resources staff will
be present at the fair and will be taking walk-up applications during the
For more information about the opportunities
available with the Gwinnett County Police Department, visit the Police
employment webpage. More...
Gwinnett County’s millage rate will not change in 2014. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners set the rate during its regular business session on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, after three public hearings on the matter. Actual taxes for most properties should be approximately the same as the estimate given on assessment noticesmailed in April.The millage rate for County operations stays the same at 7.40 mills. Rates also remained the same for the recreation and bond funds as well as the service districts established in 2013 that support police, fire and emergency services, development and enforcement, and Loganville emergency medical services. The total millage rate for properties in unincorporated Gwinnett remains the same at 13.75 mills. This rate only covers County government operations; the Gwinnett County Board of Education sets its own millage rate to fund schools. For more information about school taxes, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.The decision to keep rates the same means that property taxes will generate more revenue than last year due to a general increase in property values. By law, the Tax Assessor must assess the value of residential and commercial property every year based on recent sales of comparable parcels.Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I believe this is the prudent thing to do. While we did what had to be done to work through the economic downturn, there are things we deferred that can’t be put off any longer. We still need to build and staff new fire stations, for example. We can’t take the revenue source for granted, though, and will continue to refine the way we use taxpayer dollars. We will spend every single penny wisely to make Gwinnett County the best it can be – now as well as five and 10 years from now.”During the recession, commissioners reduced the County workforce, held vacant positions open, cut operating budgets, cut or delayed new capital projects, and deferred capital maintenance. The County also absorbed rising costs of most commodities, covered the costs of new legislative and regulatory mandates, and continued to provide core services. And at the same time, more than 50,000 new residents moved into Gwinnett over the past four years.For an interactive online tool that shows estimated property taxes for any Gwinnett property and what those taxes buy, look underWhere Your Property Taxes Go on the Your Money webpage. More...
County Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is accepting applications for
its next session, which will begin September 16. Residents will receive
training on topics including animal welfare and enforcement, crime scene
investigations, criminal investigations, firearms, SWAT, traffic enforcement,
vehicle pullovers, and more.
Police Academy graduates gain a wealth of knowledge to share with others in
their homes and communities. In addition, many graduates volunteer in the
department or become active in the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association,
which also serves the department and the community in a variety of ways.
Notably, the alumni association assists with searches for missing or endangered
persons. If you are interested in participating, please email
CitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com . More...
Commissioner Richard Steele announced that 2014 property tax bills will be
mailed to Gwinnett County taxpayers by August 1. All bills will have a
single-installment due date of October 1. Taxpayers may choose to make partial
payments as long as the total due is paid by the due date.
property owners with an escrow account, tax information is available to the
mortgage company; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property
owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date. If there are questions
about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company
directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently changed.
There are several options for property tax
Pay online by check, credit or debit card at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com.
(Paying by check is free; debit card: $3.95 flat fee; credit card: 2.29%
Mail payments to P.O. Box 372,
Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
Pay by check using drop boxes 24 hours a day
at all Tax Commissioner offices.
Pay in person during business hours at
all Tax Commissioner offices.
your property tax information at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com
and if you have questions, contact the office at Tax@gwinnettcounty.com or
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 29,
2014) – In a special called meeting held today, the Gwinnett County Board of
Commissioners approved a new employment agreement with County Administrator
Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash thanked Stephens for five years of
service as County Administrator “during what arguably has been the most
difficult and challenging time in County history – if you look at the economic
situation and some actions of past elected leaders during that time. We all owe
a debt of gratitude to Mr. Stephens and his group of department directors and
their staffs for making sure that county government continued to operate well
and that that residents were served well during that time period.”
Prior to his appointment as County Administrator in September 2009,
Stephens led the Department of Planning and Development for nearly three years.
It was during this time that he oversaw the development of Gwinnett County’s
2030 Unified Plan, a roadmap for Gwinnett’s future development. Stephens began
his career with Gwinnett as a Senior Assistant County Attorney specializing in
land use, zoning laws, and litigation. His 26 years of experience includes some
private practice, but the vast majority of his expertise comes from
representing DeKalb County and Gwinnett County governments and several area
Stephens’ contract sets the terms of his employment and his
compensation package, including an annual salary of $250,000. Gwinnett County
government has about 5,100 employees and a $1.5 billion annual budget.
Stephens holds a degree in political science from Mercer University and
attended the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University where he
received his J.D. in 1987. Stephens and his wife Carole have lived in
Snellville since 1991. They have two sons. More...
WHAT:All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations
required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Sept. 1 for
the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on
Sept. 2. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County
Detention Center during the holiday.
Labor Day is not a trash and recycling
holiday for solid waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash
and recycling collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Call Center will be closed that
day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com to find
their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact
their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed
due to the holiday.
WHEN:County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 and will reopen during normal
business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2. More...
Ga., August 26, 2014) – Capture Gwinnett County parks unique and scenic features by participating
in the 2014 Gwinnett Parks Plein Air Challenge. “En plein air” is a French
expression meaning "in the open air," and used to describe the act of
painting outdoors. This year, the Plein Air challenge has been extended to
encourage more artists from all over the state to get involved. Gwinnett County
Parks and Recreation invites artists to meet in selected parks in Gwinnett
County to participate. The challenge will end with an opening night reception
held on Nov. 22 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation
Center. A cash prize provided by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation will be given to
the top three award winners. The first prize entry will also receive
recognition in the winter edition of Gwinnett L.I.F.E. magazine and gallery
space for one month at Peachtree Corners Library. Top three winners and seven
honorable mentions will be featured in a three-month event tour at parks and
libraries throughout the county. Tour dates and locations to follow.
Submission fees are $36 per painting, limit of two per
artist. For prospectus and registration information, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. Participants
must be at least 16 years old and register to enter the reception and
exhibition held Nov. 22. Painting and drawing dates and locations are:
Little Mulberry Park
Landscape with new playground
Holcomb Bridge Park
Yellow River Post Office
Historic Post Office
WHAT:Eight talented women of Studio 16 will showcase their
artwork at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Studio 16 is a
conglomerate of artists who meet weekly to share studio time and creative ideas
for new artwork. A variety of pieces will be on display including watercolor,
acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color
pencil. This group has previously painted beautiful ceiling tiles and doors for
fundraisers in Gwinnett County. For more information, call 678-277-0910.
exhibit will be on display from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2. A reception will be held on
Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHO: The exhibition and reception are free and open to the
Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
55 Buford HighwaySuwanee, GA 30024 More...
WHAT: Eight talented women of Studio 16 will showcase their artwork at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Studio 16 is a conglomerate of artists who meet weekly to share studio time and creative ideas for new artwork. A variety of pieces will be on display including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. This group has previously painted beautiful ceiling tiles and doors for fundraisers in Gwinnett County. For more information, call 678-277-0910.
WHEN: The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2. A reception will be held on Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHO: The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
WHERE: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
55 Buford Highway
Suwanee, GA 30024 More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 5, 2014) – Renovations are in store for the
Bethesda Park Aquatic Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road near Lawrenceville.
Funds from the 2009 SPLOST program will pay for the $408,107 contract
commissioners approved Tuesday with low bidder Poolside Inc.
The year-round indoor instructional pool and leisure pool will
both get new tile along with new mechanical skimmers, grates, float assemblies
and equalizers. Drains and HVAC ducts will be cleaned and a new system
installed to remove chloramines from the air at pool level to improve air
quality. The contract also includes replacing the play structure.
Project Administration Division Director Grant Guess said, “We’re using
SPLOST funds to renovate existing facilities like this one in order to extend
their life and improve operational efficiency.”
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, a finalist for the national Gold
Medal Award presented by the National Recreation and Park Association after
winning it in 2008, operates 17 aquatic facilities. Pool types include indoor
competition, instructional, lap and indoor and outdoor leisure/water parks.
General attendance at county pools numbered around 418,000 visits last year.
Information on hours, fees, swim lessons or facility rentals can be found at www.gwinnettparks.com or by calling
(678) 277-0880. More...