Gwinnett commission presents 2013 budget proposal

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Where you live in Gwinnett County will determine how much you pay in taxes in 2013.

On Tuesday, Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash presented her budget proposal for 2013.

There are big changes as a result of the legal battle between Gwinnett County and its 16 cities. As a result of a court order, the county created service districts for police and fire.

If you're in unincorporated Gwinnett County, homeowners will pay an additional $40 a year for the average $160,000 home.

"Depending on where you may live or where your property is located in the county, that will determine which districts you're in, which services you're paying for and which of those millage rates will apply to your property," Nash told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh.

But homeowners in cities that include Norcross, Lilburn and Suwanee will likely see a tax decrease. They no longer have to pay into the County police system because the cities already provide that service.

The budget also calls for taxpayers to pay more for the 911 system and the street light system.

A copy of the budget will be available online for review.

A public hearing on the budget proposal is scheduled for Dec. 10.