DACULA -- In the coming weeks, Dacula residents and property owners will get the chance to meet with city leaders to discuss the possibility of adding city sanitation fees to property tax bills.
What Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and other council members want residents to know is that this possibility is not the same plan enacted by Gwinnett County. According to councilman Hubert Wells, neither the price nor the service provider will change; rather, the method of billing the customer will change under the proposed policy.
The reason for the proposed change is that the city will save money by billing customers on property tax bills and, just as importantly, the practice will increase the percentage of collections.
"When we bill the occupant of the house, if they move out of the city, we have no way of collecting that debt," Wilbanks said.
By billing the property owner, the collection rate will increase.
The proposed measure can have a negative impact on property owners, because it increases monthly mortgage payments and related fees. Also, the property owner is left to either increase rent on a rental property or simply absorb the sanitation fee under the new policy.
The two open house meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at City Hall.Dacula to solicit bids for new City Hall signCity leaders voted Thursday to request bids from sign companies, paving the way for purchasing and installing a new sign at the entrance to City Hall. Originally, Wells proposed awarding the contract to Sign-A-Rama in Buford for a price not to exceed $12,000, saying that the idea has been considered by council for years and that action should be taken as soon as possible. Sign-A-Rama had already provided a bid to the city.
Wilbanks and councilman Wendell Holcombe said that they would feel better about putting the purchase out to sign companies for bid, in an effort to be sure that transparency and fairness are part of the process. Wells agreed, adding that he wants to put a 30-day time limit on the bid process.