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#21 Jan 29, 2013
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ISO ISO ISO
UFO UFO UFO
Tired of hearing that dumb a$$ ISO card played every time someone mentions laying off firemen. Shrink the fire dept to match this shrinking city
You really need to freshen your thoughts about what your talking about. The ISO can make the city's life a living hell, insurance rates can blow out the roof.. As for as shutting a station down the stations have to be located where the trucks can respond within so many minutes. I remember years ago a fireman telling me that from time the call cam it to the first truck pulled on the scene it would be anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes.........
Guest

Atlanta, TX

#22 Jan 29, 2013
If you don't believe that the ISO makes a difference in you insurance just ask your agent. I'm sure he can tell what the difference in the rates would be or better yet call the fire dept and ask for the number to the ISO. They should have it since they just went through an audit about a year ago.
Crow T Robot

Little Rock, AR

#23 Jan 30, 2013
Fact is, the city uses this scare tactic of a higher fire rating over and over again. From January 14, 2009 Courier News article, in support of raising sales tax and the dreadful consequences if we don't.

http://www.couriernews.net/story/1493166.html

"Kenner noted insurance companies vary, but if Blytheville's fire rating goes to a 6, it would raise his personal homeowner's insurance about $67 a year."

"Some have said we don't want to give the city $730,000 just to spend on their own," Kenner said. "But it takes money to run an operation. Don't you have a problem financially? If we take $730,000 away from you, something's got to be cut."

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$730,000 divided by a population of 15,000 =$48.67 per person.$97.33 per couple.$194.67 per family of four.

Plus, how often does a city get graded?
From March 12, 2011 Courier News.
http://www.couriernews.net/story/1710138.html
"The city's last rating, a Class 3, was in 1992."
Guest

Benton, AR

#24 Jan 30, 2013
Crow T Robot wrote:
Fact is, the city uses this scare tactic of a higher fire rating over and over again. From January 14, 2009 Courier News article, in support of raising sales tax and the dreadful consequences if we don't.
http://www.couriernews.net/story/1493166.html
"Kenner noted insurance companies vary, but if Blytheville's fire rating goes to a 6, it would raise his personal homeowner's insurance about $67 a year."
"Some have said we don't want to give the city $730,000 just to spend on their own," Kenner said. "But it takes money to run an operation. Don't you have a problem financially? If we take $730,000 away from you, something's got to be cut."
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$730,000 divided by a population of 15,000 =$48.67 per person.$97.33 per couple.$194.67 per family of four.
Plus, how often does a city get graded?
From March 12, 2011 Courier News.
http://www.couriernews.net/story/1710138.html
"The city's last rating, a Class 3, was in 1992."
Good job on the calculations Crow. Another suggestion, just ask your friends that live outside of the city limits or communities like Armorel and Yarbro what they pay for homeowner insurance. The people I have talked to pay about the same if they live in Armorel or Blytheville. Maybe Armorel just has a really good volunteer fire dept??

I am SICK of the city using this ISO scare tactic of a higher fire rating over and over again..........
taxed out

Benton, AR

#26 Feb 1, 2013
gotta move. cant afford to stay
Guest

Benton, AR

#27 Feb 2, 2013
Going to build a new fire station and cant even put a roof on fire station at Main & Walnut?

Just another bogus promise to get what they wanted: MORE TAX MONEY
OMG

Benton, AR

#28 Feb 2, 2013
Last person to move please call electric company to turn off the street lights
nuf said

Trumann, AR

#29 Feb 2, 2013
Heard it was so cold yesterday, that the mayor was seen with his hands in his own pockets.
guest

United States

#30 Feb 2, 2013
nuf said wrote:
Heard it was so cold yesterday, that the mayor was seen with his hands in his own pockets.
No those were our pockets
guest2B

Benton, AR

#31 Feb 8, 2013
Guest wrote:
Going to build a new fire station and cant even put a roof on fire station at Main & Walnut?
Just another bogus promise to get what they wanted: MORE TAX MONEY
Just dont see how they get by with lie after lie after lie
voter

United States

#32 Feb 8, 2013
2 years and still no progress
nuf said

Blytheville, AR

#33 Feb 8, 2013
voter wrote:
2 years and still no progress
But the tax keeps going & going & going...
Guest

Memphis, TN

#34 Feb 11, 2013
The reason that areas around Blytheville pay about the same is because the volunteer depts. have a signed mutual aid agreement with Blytheville Fire Dept.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#35 Feb 11, 2013
guest wrote:
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ISO ISO ISO
UFO UFO UFO
Tired of hearing that dumb a$$ ISO card played every time someone mentions laying off firemen. Shrink the fire dept to match this shrinking city
Population is shrinking but the size of the city isn't. There is a required distance that there must be a fire station from any given location inside the city limits. Like it or not that is goverened by ISO or Insurance Services Office. We could pay a lot more in increased fire insurance that what the tax is costing us. But, I agree, where is the new Fire Station?????
Crow T Robot

Little Rock, AR

#36 Feb 11, 2013
Guest wrote:
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Population is shrinking but the size of the city isn't. There is a required distance that there must be a fire station from any given location inside the city limits. Like it or not that is goverened by ISO or Insurance Services Office. We could pay a lot more in increased fire insurance that what the tax is costing us. But, I agree, where is the new Fire Station?????
You say "We could pay a lot more in increased fire insurance that (than) what the tax is costing us. Where is some support for that statement.

Here's my support, again, to refute this mis-information.
http://www.couriernews.net/story/1493166.html

"Kenner noted insurance companies vary, but if Blytheville's fire rating goes to a 6, it would raise his personal homeowner's insurance about $67 a year."

It's funny the city can tack on a $60/year fee to the water bill as if it were an insignificant amount (plus another $36/year for non-water related costs) but a possible $67 increase (IF the fire rating DOUBLES) in the distant future is enough to justify more and more taxing and spending.
Guest

Little Rock, AR

#37 Feb 11, 2013
"Obviously, the first priority in this whole thing is the fire station because we have to have it," Harrison said."

WHAT TOOK PLACE OF FIRST PRIORITY? GUESS WE DID NOT NEED IT AFTER ALL??

"The citizens don't realize the condition of that West End fire station that's been there many, many years," City Councilwoman Shirley Overman said. "It's eaten up with termites. There's mold and mildew. It's bad for their health. It's bad for the morale. It needs a new roof."

WHAT DID CITY DO WITH THE PART EATEN UP BY TERMITES. HOW DID CITY MAKE IT SAFE FOR HEALTH OF FIREMEN?? I GUESS BAD MORALE IS OK???

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