Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 13, 2012

Skyrocketing cost of insurance irks property owner

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — A Thomas County man said his fire insurance premiums will increase thousands of dollars annually if his Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating remains the same.

Hunter Drew told Thomas County commissioners Tuesday his ISO rating is a 10.

One is the best ISO rating. Ten is the worst.

Drew, an Ozell Road resident, said his primary residence and six of eight other houses he owns, along with a lodge, are in the class 10 area.

If the rating continues, Drew’s fire insurance premiums will increase $8,000 to $10,000 annually.

“It’s over 250 houses it affects,” Drew told commissioners.

In reference to the 10 rating, Elaine Mays, commission chairman, said, “That was a surprise to us, also.”

Residences within five miles of a fire station will retain current ISO classifications.

See Wednesday's edition for more details.