Tax commissioner reduces online fees

LAWRENCEVILLE - Beginning Monday, the credit card transaction fee to renew vehicle registrations on the Internet will be reduced by 57 percent.

Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington says the fee will go from $4.70 to $2 for residents who live in Gwinnett County. Residents may now renew from one to 50 vehicles, simultaneously, for the $2 fee.

Georgia charges the $4.70 fee for processing credit card transactions over the Internet. At Sherrington's request, Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners approved funding $2.70 per transaction to reduce the burden on citizens renewing over the Internet.

In addition to this fee reduction, Gwinnett County residents have seen several payment handling improvements under Sherrington's leadership, including the elimination of the former $1 mail-in vehicle renewal fee and the ability to renew vehicle tags over the telephone using a credit card with no transaction fee.

Gwinnett County vehicle tag operations have increased significantly every year, reaching 592,260 active registrations in 2005 - more than any other county in Georgia.

The Tax Commissioner's Internet vehicle renewal Web site can be accessed by visiting www.tagrenewals.com. Further information can be obtained by calling the Tax Commissioner's Customer Service line at 770-822-8818 or by e-mailing Tag@gwinnettcounty.com. Customers can also visit the Tax Commissioner's Web site, www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com.

Suwanee offers art exhibit

SUWANEE - Twenty paintings by Suwanee-area artist Elizabeth Bame are on exhibit at the Suwanee Crossroads Center, 323 Buford Highway, through March 10.

An artist's reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Crossroads court/meeting room, where the exhibit is on display. The reception is free and open to the public.

Art director with Soundview Publications in Dunwoody, Bame, who has painted for nearly 25 years, recreates scenes she has come across in her travels in Georgia and throughout the United States and Europe. She has an associate degree in commercial art and a bachelor's degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. She also has studied at Chris DiDomizio's Old World Art Studio.

Most of the paintings on exhibit are available for purchase and range from $350 to $1,100. For more information about Bame's work, visit her Web site at www.paintings

byelizabeth.com.

The Suwanee Crossroads Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and during municipal court sessions.

Dacula announces appointments

DACULA - Dacula councilmen announced the 2006 appointments for the city's planning and zoning board in Thursday's council meeting.

The members are Terrance Brand, Mark Chandler, Kim Jones, Trey King and Paul Simms.

Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks announced his 2006 mayoral committee in Thursday's council meeting.

Councilman Gene Greeson will oversee site development and the sanitation/maintenance department.

Councilman Wendell Holcombe will oversee the planning comission and streets, alleys and sidewalks.

Councilman Tim Montgomery will oversee finance and building inspections.

Councilman Greg Reeves will oversee the marshal's office, parks and recreation and building improvements.

Rev. Larry Wynn was appointed city chaplin.

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