Brunswick residents will begin receiving two property tax bills early next week.
The city and county will each send property tax bills to individuals and businesses, and each bill must be paid separately, said Tina Edwards, the city’s tax collection specialist.
City bills will be sent Monday, while county officials said their bills will go out Friday.
“We want to make sure people understand they’ll get two bills,” Edwards said Tuesday. “They can’t pick and choose — one is for the city and one is for the county.”
The dual bills are a new development. City commissioners voted in December 2017 to sever ties with the Glynn County Tax Commissioner and hire an in-house city tax collector. It is the first time in about 15 years the city has collected its own taxes.
Anyone with outstanding city-tax debt that existed before Dec. 31, 2017, should continue to contact the Glynn County Tax Commissioner’s office to close those accounts. The city will only collect debts incurred after Jan. 1 of this year.
City tax bills must be paid within 60 days of the mailing. After that, the debt will begin accruing interest at a rate of 0.075 percent. Partial payments are not allowed; debt must be paid in full.
Jim Drumm, city manager, has previously told The News in-house collections will save the city about $50,000 annually.
The city’s property tax bills will also have a new stormwater utility fee included. For single-family residences, this fee will be $47.40 for the year, regardless of the home’s size. For commercial, industrial and multi-family housing units, the fee will be based on the square footage of surfaces impermeable to water, like roofs and parking lots.
To calculate a stormwater fee for non-single-family homes, property owners should take the total number of impermeable surface and divide by 2,200, which is one equivalent residential unit (ERU). Then, take the number of ERUs and multiply by the rate $3.95. That number is one month’s rate, so it must be multiplied by 12 (for each month of the year).
Residential customers who pay for solid waste (trash) pickup annually will also see a fee of $266.40 added to their tax bill.
Edwards, the city’s tax collection specialist, said she expects to mail 6,305 tax bills Monday.
The city estimates it will collect about $6.3 million in taxes and fees this year; about $3 million in real-estate property tax, $1.8 million in personal property tax (machinery, industrial equipment, etc.), $1 million in solid waste fees and about $206,000 in stormwater utility fees.
City property tax bills may be paid:
• In person at City Hall, 601 Gloucester St., Brunswick;
• At drop boxes outside the front and rear entrances of City Hall; or
• Online at www.brunswickpayments.com (a 3 percent fee applies).