Gwinnett Citizen News

For the fifth straight year, the city’s millage rate will remain the same in 2019.

The proposed millage rate of 4.588 mills represents the city’s commitment to providing quality services while maintaining affordable millage rates for residents. In 2010, the millage rate was 5.9 mills.

“Each year, as the City of Snellville, grows, city officials work to control the ever-increasing cost of services in order to maintain a stable millage rate,” City Manager Butch Sanders said. “The Mayor and Council believe it is their duty to keep taxes stable while offering better services for residents.”

To meet such a goal, the city has to spend conservatively and look for creative ways to save money such as leveraging state grant funds to add to Snellville’s street resurfacing efforts and using new technology within the city’s departments to operate more efficiently, Sanders said.

The rate was approved after three public hearings, the last of which was July 8.

New tax digest growth equaled $18.7 million. Just four years ago, new growth only accounted for $8.6 million.

The Mayor and Council approved an annual budget of $12.6 million last month.