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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Sugar Hill, GA. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Sugar Hill.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Sugar Hill, GA? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Sugar Hill. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Sugar Hill, GA, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Sugar Hill. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Sugar Hill, GA

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

Your Residential Electrician

Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Sugar Hill to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Sugar Hill.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Sugar Hill, GA, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Sugar Hill

It’s Wunderbar! Success of the New Sugar Hill Distillery is in the Details.

At first glance, the new Sugar Hill Distillery seems like a “wunderbar,” (German for wonderful), place to kick back with a craft brew and friends. But take a closer look and you’ll see three distinct brands within one very ambitious operation: The Sugar Hill Distillery, Apparition Brewing and Wunderbar Bierhaus.Established in 2016, Sugar Hill Distillery was selling honey from their honey bee farm during the city’s tent events. Fast forward to 2021 and they’re now a full-service Euro bistro serving homemad...

At first glance, the new Sugar Hill Distillery seems like a “wunderbar,” (German for wonderful), place to kick back with a craft brew and friends. But take a closer look and you’ll see three distinct brands within one very ambitious operation: The Sugar Hill Distillery, Apparition Brewing and Wunderbar Bierhaus.

Established in 2016, Sugar Hill Distillery was selling honey from their honey bee farm during the city’s tent events. Fast forward to 2021 and they’re now a full-service Euro bistro serving homemade whiskey and other fine spirits including a gluten free alcohol, Euro German fare, and craft beer all under the same roof. If that sounds like a tall order, it is! The Distillery is the first in the nation to be dual permitted as a Distillery and Brewery sharing the same bonded space and equipment for both processes.

From the Sugar Hill Distillery’s handmade wooden tables and barrel-inspired bar to its divine desserts and herbs that grow along the fence of its outdoor Biergarten (beer garden), there is so much to take notice of and appreciate here.

That’s because owners, Jay and Keri Liebrock have poured their collective skills and passions into every detail of Sugar Hill Distillery. Jay, or “JD” to most, is the brew master and distiller. As a retired Director of Intelligence in the U.S. Army with an entrepreneurial spirit, he wanted to create a legacy for his family’s children and grandchildren. His wife and partner Keri, brings years of restaurant industry experience to the Wunderbar Bierhaus & Euro Bistro. They are proud to have the talented Executive Chef Morgan Pollard bringing Keri’s restaurant menu to a delicious reality.

“There are lots of special details that have gone into Sugar Hill Distillery,” says Bar Manager Anne Marie Dozier. The siding on the handcrafted bar emulates a barrel. Elegant labels adorn bottles of spirits made on premises. Even their modern pendant lighting was custom made. Visitors of Sugar Hill Distillery are invited to take a seat at a long table for family style dining. “In Germany, it’s customary for everyone to come together and knock on the table as they sit down and join the group,” explains Dozier. “You never know. You might make a new friend.”

A large viewing window inside the dining room gives customers a peek of onsite distilling and brewing operations. Outside is a lovely covered Biergarten with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s also hard to leave Sugar Hill Distillery empty-handed. Their fully stocked gift shop offers spirits to go, t-shirts, wooden carved keychains, candy, homemade honey and much more.

Housed in the original City of Sugar Hill community center and part of downtown Sugar Hill’s SHINE district, you can purchase a drink in a non-glass SHINE marked cup and take it to go within the SHINE district boundaries.

To experience this new downtown hotspot, visit the Sugar Hill Distillery at 1166 Church Street for lunch daily and brunch on the weekends. They’re also open for dinner Monday through Thursday 10 am to 10 pm, Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm and Sunday 9 am to 10 pm. Look for the vintage car parked in their lot!

The Biergarten is available for booking of your next special event! Need more info? Email keri@sugarhillstills.com

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Three local restaurants fail recent health inspections

Three local restaurants were given failing scores on their most recent health inspections following routine visits by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The three restaurants were Cuppoki inside the Mall of Georgia, Mika French Sushi in Sugar Hill and The Cheesecake Factory at the Mall of Georgia.The first local restaurant to fail its most recent health inspection was The Cheesecake Factory, located at 3333 Buford Drive, Space VD01G, in Buford. On Oct. 22, 2021, an inspector visited the restaurant for a routine inspection. After...

Three local restaurants were given failing scores on their most recent health inspections following routine visits by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The three restaurants were Cuppoki inside the Mall of Georgia, Mika French Sushi in Sugar Hill and The Cheesecake Factory at the Mall of Georgia.

The first local restaurant to fail its most recent health inspection was The Cheesecake Factory, located at 3333 Buford Drive, Space VD01G, in Buford. On Oct. 22, 2021, an inspector visited the restaurant for a routine inspection. After finding numerous violations, The Cheesecake Factory was given a failing score of 64U.

A few of the violations that were noted were fruit flies in two bottles of liquor, food residue on supposedly clean plates, avocados sliced with identifying stickers still on them and items being kept without timestamps on them.

The Cheesecake Factory’s full inspection report is available here.

Mika French Sushi at 5910 Suwanee Dam Road, Suite 600, in Sugar Hill, underwent a routine inspection Oct. 25, 2021, and received a score of 26U.

The most serious violations were pink and black mold on the inside of the ice machine, improper thawing of fish, reusing single-use containers, employee repeatedly touching their face with their hands and failing to wash them before handling food and the restaurant has items labeled as containing “crab” on their menu when they are really using imitation crab meat.

Mika’s full inspection report may be found here.

Cuppoki, located at 3333 Buford Drive, Suite 1073A, in Buford, scored a 46U on its routine inspection conducted Oct. 27, 2021.

Some of the noted violations included an employee who did not wash their hands after washing dishes and then handling food, raw meat and produce stored above already prepared food in the walk-in fridge, food not being kept at the proper temperature and food being stored on the floor of the walk-in refrigerator.

To view the full inspection report, click here.

All three restaurants will have to be inspected again within 10 business days of the most recent inspection which they failed. Failure to pass the re-inspection could result in the loss of their food service license.

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Gwinnett County Food Inspections: Cheesecake Factory Fails

Multiple restaurants failed their reports this week in Gwinnett County like the Cheesecake Factory failed, Cuppoki and Mika French Sushi.GWINNETT COUNTY — Local restaurants and food chains in Gwinnett County near Loganville and Dacula were recently graded by the Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale Health Department and ...

Multiple restaurants failed their reports this week in Gwinnett County like the Cheesecake Factory failed, Cuppoki and Mika French Sushi.

GWINNETT COUNTY — Local restaurants and food chains in Gwinnett County near Loganville and Dacula were recently graded by the Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale Health Department and Georgia Department of Public Health. Letter grades assigned are A for totals of 100 to 90 points, B for 89 to 80, C for 79 to 70, and U for less than 70. Check out the latest scores from Oct. 22 - 27 in Gwinnett County.

CUPPOKI in Buford received an "unsatisfactory" score of 46. Located at 3333 Buford Drive the facility failed its Oct. 27 inspection. According to the report, an employee was seen not washing his hands between washing dishes and handling food and utensils on the prep table. He also started to put on gloves when reminded to wash his hands. Stored above ready-to-eat food in the walk-in freezer was unwashed produce, raw meat and raw salmon. The facility's permit has been suspended for missing more than nine foodborne illness risk factors, according to the report.

Mika French Sushi in Sugar Hill also received an "unsatisfactory" score of 26 during its Oct. 25 routine inspection. Located at 5910 Suwanee Dam Road, the inspector noted in the most recent report that there was pink and black mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. An employee was also observed not properly washing the in-use cooking utensils after he used them. He instead rinsed them with water in the vegetable prep sink and then took them back to the grill for use. A metal scrubber and tongs were stored in this prep sink, which had food scraps in it. It was not cleaned since last use. The facility is also reusing single-use food containers.

THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY, located at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford, failed its Oct. 22 inspection. The restaurant received an "unsatisfactory" score of 64. According to the report, fruit flies were inside two containers of liquor. "Many avocados" were sliced while still having the sticker on the avocado skin. There were clean plates with food residue on food contact surfaces.

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5270 Peachtree Pkwy, NorcrossOct. 27, 100/A

CROWNE PLAZA

6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, NorcrossOct. 26, 96/A

6070 S Norcross Tucker Road, NorcrossOct. 26, 75/CABU GRILL MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO

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CUPPOKI

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5865 Cumming Hwy NE BufordOct. 25, 96/AFARMERS BASKET

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2096 Buford Dam Road, BufordOct. 26, 96/A

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6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy Gas South District, DuluthOct. 26, 88/B

POKER BAR

2275 Pleasant Hill Road, DuluthOct. 25, 94/A

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5910 Suwanee Dam Road Suite 600, Sugar HillOct. 25, 26/U

Meet the candidates for Sugar Hill city elections

City Council Post 3 To replace Susie Walker Candidate: Tiffany Hale CarterOccupation: Interior designerEducation: B.A., broadcast journalism; B.F.A., interior design; M.I.D., interior designPolitical Experience: NoneContact information: tiffanyhalecarter4sugarhill@gmail.com; tiffanyhalecarter4sugarhill.com; 678-672-6676Why are you seeking election to the Sug...

City Council Post 3

To replace Susie Walker

Candidate: Tiffany Hale Carter

Occupation: Interior designer

Education: B.A., broadcast journalism; B.F.A., interior design; M.I.D., interior design

Political Experience: None

Contact information: tiffanyhalecarter4sugarhill@gmail.com; tiffanyhalecarter4sugarhill.com; 678-672-6676

Why are you seeking election to the Sugar Hill City Council?

“I am running for Sugar Hill City Council because this city has been good to my family and I. Here, we have grown and thrived. I would like to continue efforts at making sure this is a place where families, just like mine, can plant roots, grow and thrive.”

What do you think you bring to the table as a candidate?

“I bring a new and fresh perspective to the table. I also bring diversity, representation and a unique perspective on how to connect the City Council to the community.”

What do you see for the future of Sugar Hill?

“I am very excited about Sugar Hill’s future. As we continue to grow, I want to focus on four main areas for our community.

1) Families First: Sugar Hill has impressive resources available for the enrichment of our children and families. I will promote city partnerships with local schools to encourage students and teachers to take advantage of those resources.

2) Support for Entrepreneurs and Local Businesses: I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a wide range of entrepreneurs in our Sweet City. I will create opportunities for those entrepreneurs and local business owners to be directly supported by our community.

3) Diversity & Inclusion: One of the reasons my family decided to plant roots in Sugar Hill was because of the diversity represented in our neighborhood. I will foster diversity and inclusion and create opportunities for us to learn from and celebrate each other’s differences. I believe we are all ONE community.

4) Continued Dedication to Service: I will create opportunities for community involvement in our city by connecting our citizens directly with the City Council. The City Council is a representation of the people, and to be as transparent as possible, we need to hear from them.

Sugar Hill is such a “sweet” place to live, and I want to continue the good work of making Sugar Hill a welcoming city for all kinds of families and their children.”

City Council Post 3

To replace Susie Walker

Candidate: Jennifer Thatcher

Occupation: Marketing

Education: B.S. in health science from Georgia Southern University, 1995

Political experience: I have no traditional public political experience but I’ve been an officer on my HOA since 2014 and have led several large capital projects.

Contact information: jennthatcherfosugarhill@gmail.com or Facebook: facebook.com/JennThatcherForSugarHill/ or jennthatcherforsugarhill.wordpress.com

Why are you seeking election to the Sugar Hill City Council?

“My family moved to Sugar Hill in 2013 drawn in by the small town feel and the potential that we saw with the development of downtown. I want to be a part of driving the process; I want to ensure that our current and future growth is not only sustainable but that it balances future development with the active green spaces that contribute to Sugar Hill’s charm.”

What do you think you bring to the table as a candidate?

“This is my first foray into public service so I’m not part of the traditional “political machine.” I have 25 years of experience in business, marketing and corporate communications and I believe that uniquely positions me to best connect the wants, needs, and concerns of all the residents of Sugar Hill and the businesses who have set up shop here.”

What do you see for the future of Sugar Hill?

“I see Sugar Hill as a destination city for North Georgia. I see our downtown continuing to draw in residents and people from surrounding communities to enjoy dining, civic and cultural events. I think our untapped potential lies in our active green spaces — opening our greenway and developing trail systems for hiking and mountain biking will allow us to draw in people and events — and their disposable spending — from far outside our community.”

City Council Post 4

Candidate: Amber Chambers

*This candidate did not respond to requests for information.

City Council Post 4

Candidate: Nicholas “Nic” Greene (incumbent)

Occupation: Insurance agency owner

Education: B.S. from Georgia Southern University

Political experience: City council member for Sugar Hill

Contact information: ngreene@cityofsugarhill.com

Why are you seeking re-election to the Sugar Hill City Council?

“??I am seeking re-election to the Sugar Hill City Council because I have enjoyed serving the great citizens of Sugar Hill as the Incumbent for Post 4. I think we as a city council have made great strides in building a thriving community not only in our downtown area but in the entire city. We want to keep Sugar Hill moving in a forward direction with thoughtful and planned growth based on what citizens want.”

What do you think you bring to the table as the incumbent candidate?

“My family and I have been residents of Sugar Hill for 12 years and I am the owner of a small business near downtown. Over the years, I have spoken with many in our community about what their vision of the city looks like. This has brought knowledge of the goals our community values, which helps to make informed decisions while serving on the city council.”

What do you see for the future of Sugar Hill?

“For the future of Sugar Hill, I see a thriving, economically sound city that supports its local businesses and schools, a walkable downtown that allows its citizens access to world class amenities, and one that brings a sense of community to everyone who calls Sugar Hill home.”

UNCONTESTED RACES

Mayor of Sugar Hill

Candidate: Brandon Hembree — Running unopposed

City Council Post 1

To replace Brandon Hembree

Candidate: Mason Roszel — Running unopposed

City Council Post 5

Candidate: Taylor Anderson (incumbent) — Running unopposed

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Sugar Hill to take over tax collection from Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner’s Office

The city of Sugar Hill has announced it will begin handling billing and collections for city property taxes and stormwater fees.Billing and collection was previously handled by the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner’s Office. Earlier this year, Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter proposed a new contract with the city of Sugar Hill that would have significantly increased the amount the city paid for tax collection services.The proposed contract for 2021 included an increase of $3.80 per parcel, with $1.80 going to the county and...

The city of Sugar Hill has announced it will begin handling billing and collections for city property taxes and stormwater fees.

Billing and collection was previously handled by the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner’s Office. Earlier this year, Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter proposed a new contract with the city of Sugar Hill that would have significantly increased the amount the city paid for tax collection services.

The proposed contract for 2021 included an increase of $3.80 per parcel, with $1.80 going to the county and $2 going to the tax commissioner. For the city of Sugar Hill, this would have amounted to a 171 percent increase compared to what the city paid in 2020 under a contract with a $1.40 fee per parcel. The city would have gone from paying $13,302.40 for tax collection to $35,986. The contract would have also included an additional negotiated amount to bill and collect Sugar Hill’s stormwater fees.

“As a city that had contracted with Gwinnett County for the billing and collection of city property taxes and stormwater fees for years, we were surprised and caught off-guard by the substantially increased cost proposed by the new tax commissioner,” said Paul Radford, Sugar Hill’s city manager. “We were willing to pay the actual cost of the service ($1.80 per parcel) but could not and cannot justify paying an additional $2.00 per parcel to personally compensate the tax commissioner.”

Radford said the cost for the city to bill and collect taxes and stormwater fees for the 2021 billing cycle is approximately $20,800. This includes one-time, start-up programming and supplies and mailing expenses. In subsequent years that amount is expected to drop to less than $15,000, including software licensing.

“We made this decision with our eyes wide open,” Radford said. “There will be a learning curve for our staff as well as city property owners who have been used to one bill, not two. We (meaning all the Gwinnett cities that have elected to bill our own city property taxes) feel confident we can handle this in a seamless and transparent fashion.”

Sugar Hill joins Buford, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross and Snellville as Gwinnett cities that collect their own taxes.

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