Worth County residents frustrated over ISO rating

Worth County residents frustrated over ISO rating

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - People voice their frustration with the Worth County Commission over a delay in an inspection that could save them money.

Three months after a new fire station opened in Warwick, that part of the county still has an I.S.O rating of 10.

That worst-possible rating for fire protection means residents pay more for home insurance.

People who live in northern Worth County say their area is being overlooked. Tuesday night, commissioners took a vote to change that.

Marilyn Bass is one of the people who addressed the Worth County Commission this evening about the I.S.O rating in Warwick.

"Something needs to be done, We need to hold people accountable and its costing taxpayers money," said Bass.

The Warwick Fire station opened in September, but inspectors from the Insurance Service Organization have not yet come to the area to document the improvements that could lower their rating.

"Of course we got a lot of people that live up there. We got a lot of people that's paying some high taxes and some high insurance rates," said Bettye Bozeman.

District 3 Commissioner, Bettye Bozeman said the ISO did an updated inspection in the Sumner area which brought the rating there down to a five.

"It was like three weeks after the station was open. He dropped them to a five. We been open up there since September 15 and we haven't been dropped anything," said Bozeman.

Bass said in previous commission meetings, Fire Chief Ray Salters was put in charge of coordinating an effort to bring an ISO inspector to Warwick. She accuses Commission Chairman Mike Cosby of intervening and causing a delay.

"I think that part of our board has acted inappropriately and I don't think they had the best interest of Worth County at hand," said Bass.

Instead of letting one person be the go to person for the ISO, too many people were getting involved," said Robert Luke.

Bass said she and other homeowners recently got bills raising their insurance costs by 2 to 3 thousand dollars.

"We know 13 weeks ago, the station was open and they were to start working then to try and get him here and so far they have not, continued Bass.

The board voted to call the inspector Wednesday morning to start the process for a county wide inspection.

Residents are hoping to lower the ISO rating to a five which could bring substantial insurance savings.

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