Property taxes due

LAWRENCEVILLE - The second and final installment for Gwinnett County property tax bills is due today.

Installments not paid by the stated due dates will incur a 5 percent penalty. In addition, interest will begin to accrue at the rate of 1 percent per month beginning Friday.

Gwinnett taxpayers may make their property tax payments in person at two Tax Commissioner locations - the Property Tax Customer Service Office located in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville and the Tax Commissioner's North Gwinnett Motor Vehicle tag office located on Mall of Georgia Boulevard in Buford. Both of these offices process property tax payments and provide receipts to taxpayers.

Tax payments may be made over the telephone using bank account information. Also, taxpayers may pay by credit card or e-check over the Internet (convenience fees apply for credit card transactions). For customer assistance or to make payments by telephone, call 770-822-8800. Customers may also e-mail or visit the Tax Commissioner's Web site at

Drive collects goods for infants

LAWRENCEVILLE - HomeAid Atlanta's sixth annual Essentials for Young Lives Drive is a communitywide effort to collect items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby food and formula for homeless infants and toddlers.

The Providence Group will collect items until Saturday at various communities throughout Atlanta. Drop-off areas include: Three Bridges in Suwanee and Villages at Huntcrest in the Sugarloaf/Lawrenceville area. Donations can also be dropped off at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association's Housing Center in Tucker.

For more information about The Providence Group and directions to communities, please visit

Water assistance for farms available

LAWRENCEVILLE - Cost-share assistance is available to producers who are experiencing inadequate water supply for their livestock or poultry due to the extended drought conditions.

Only farms with adequate watering systems before the drought are eligible.

A one-time sign-up period will end Monday. Drilling wells, developing springs and installing buried pipelines, water tanks and troughs are some of the eligible components. A producer must file an application and be determined eligible before installing anything.

For more information, call the Farm Service Agency at 770-267-8363.

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