Property insurance rates could increase for some owners

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 First at Five/ Nov. 18, 2013

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)--Property insurance rates could increase next year for dozens of property owners in South Richmond County.
Augusta commissioners can put a stop to it with a vote tomorrow.

The increase is really about how far you live from the nearest fire station. "If we had a fire years ago, we had to go down to the pond, because we had no fire hydrants in this area," said Property Owner Marge Olgeseby.

A lot has changed since Marge Olgesby and her husband moved on to South Richmond County more than 30 years ago. "Our property insurance then was a lot cheaper than it is today," said Oglesby.

It's all because her home on Louisa road is more than five miles from the nearest fire station. Olgesby just found out her rates could be jumping again by as much as 30 percent.

"It makes a difference in our home and whether we buy groceries or medicine," she said.

She went to work contacting neighbors and Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle to stop the increase.

"I had a couple of residents reach out to me and I called Chief James and Chief Mercer," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

Hephzibah and Augusta Fire Departments have always had a working agreement, but insurance companies wanted to have it in writing before changing any rates. The Oglesby's say this agreement is good news for those who are on disability and need every penny they can get.

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