After weeks of discussions and negotiations the Statesboro City County and the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners both unanimously approved a new agreement for the Statesboro Fire Department to provide service in the five mile fire district.
In the past the agreement had always been for 2 years at a time but recently the city proposed expanding that to a period of as much as 25 years. The county would not agree to such a lengthy term and compromised on a 5 year term on protecting businesses and homes within five miles of the Statesboro City limits. The agreement does contain a provision in which the “county may, but is not obligated, to agree to a longer term” at some time in the future.
The agreement, which was approved unanimously at the regular meetings of each governing body, goes into effect immediately.
The county compensates the city by levying at 1.8 mil tax. The money will be used for equipment to extend water supplies, conduct a water available study and a joint fire training facility. The agreement will result in a lower Insurance Services Office rating and will mean lower insurance premiums for homeowners in the five mile fire district.