Second tax bills go out

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett tax bills are in the mail -- for the first time this year.

The bills are a second installment for 2009, after commissioners voted in December to raise taxes by 2.28 mills after most bills had already been paid.

Officials said the majority of homeowners, with a home valued at less than $200,000, will see a bill of about $160, which is due May 15.

In July, officials are expected to send out 2010 bills with the new total rate of 13.25 mills, along with school, state and city levies.

"We've included a great deal of important information right on the tax bill to help citizens understand this final 2009 billing," Tax Commissioner Katherine Meyer said. "Keep in mind that this bill is due May 15 but previously unpaid balances may be due sooner."

Property owners with questions about the final bill can contact the Tax Commissioner's Office at tax@gwinnettcounty.com or 770-822-8800.