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County changes tag hours
Move done to help workers save gas

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's tag offices will be open four days a week in the latest move to conserve gas by the county government.

People will still be able to renew motor vehicle tags Monday through Saturday, although the days offices are open will stagger throughout the week, beginning Aug. 23

"I am greatly concerned about doing our part to help both citizens and our office employees save on fuel expenses," Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington said. "At the same time, I want to be sure our customers still have convenient services and know all the alternatives to driving to our offices to pay their taxes or renew their tags."

In an employee survey, 92 percent of workers said they preferred a four-day work week, according to a press release.

"We will change our office operating hours to achieve these goals with the least amount of inconvenience to customers, while simultaneously helping employees with commuting costs through alternative work schedules," Sherrington said. "We want to do our part to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and of course, to help lower fuel consumption."

In late June, county officials announced other steps to reduce fuel consumption, including working flexible schedules, cutting out trips to public events for firefighters and asking police officers to stop idling their cars.

According to Sherrington's plan, residents can also save on gas by renewing vehicle tags, paying property taxes or printing forms online at www.gwinnetttaxcommissioner.com. Other payment options include mail or drop-off boxes or paying by phone at 770-822-8800 for property tax or 770-822-8818 for tag renewals.

The property tax office at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SideBar: New hours

The following tag office locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. four days a week.

· North Gwinnett, 2735 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Buford, Wednesday through Saturday

· Lawrenceville, 750 S. Perry St., Monday through Thursday

· Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Monday through Thursday

· Peachtree Corners, 5270 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, Tuesday through Friday

· Snellville, 2845 Lenora Church Road, Tuesday through Friday