More exemptions available for taxes

LAWRENCEVILLE - Voters ratified two new homestead exemptions for Georgia residents in last November's general election.

The first new exemption involves property owners who were age 65 or older as of Jan. 1. This new exemption eliminates the state portion of property tax on the owner's personal residence (including up to 10 acres of land). County, school, city and special assessments still apply. Property owners already receiving an exemption for being age 65 or older will automatically receive this new state portion exemption. Otherwise, property owners age 65 or older may file for a 2007 homestead exemption through March 1.

The second new exemption applies to spouses of peace officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty, exempting owners who have not remarried from all ad valorem taxes. Other fees such as streetlight or stormwater fees still apply. An affidavit of eligibility is required to apply for this exemption. Affidavits may be obtained by calling or e-mailing the Department of Property Tax. Requests for these exemptions for 2007 must also be received by March 1.

The Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner collects property taxes for the cities of Berkeley Lake, Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Snellville and Sugar Hill. Property owners residing in these cities' limits who apply for a county exemption will also receive city exemptions to which they are entitled.

For more information regarding available exemptions, contact the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner's Department of Property Tax, located at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. Customer Service office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For 24-hour service, customers may call TaxTalk24, the Tax Commissioner's automated telephone system, at 770-822-8800. Customers may also use the Tax Commissioner's Web site at www.gwinnett-tax.com or e-mail the Property Tax Department at tax@gwinnettcounty.com.

Environmental group tours company

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of Keep America Beautiful toured Pull-A-Part's DeKalb facility to observe some of the company's environmental processes, which recently earned first place recognition from the state's affiliate chapter, Keep Georgia Beautiful.

Pull-A-Part, an automobile parts retailer, received first place in the 2006 Keep Georgia Beautiful award category for Waste Reduction and Recycling. The tour allowed the directors, from various counties across Georgia, to witness the company's sustainable business practices first-hand.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.