Livingston, Yandell to get fire protection
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:00 PM
An increase in taxes for some south Madison County resident will likely be offset by savings on fire insurance premiums if a scheduled a annexation by the South Madison County Fire Protection District is approved.
SMCFPD Chief Henry Davis said the tax increase on a $500,000 home will likely be around $200 per year.
A public hearing was held Monday with no objection and a letter of support from 25 landowners was presented. All but one landowner with over 160 acres support the project.
Two areas on the extreme western and eastern ends of the present district would be annexed. The fist is bordered by Mississippi 463 and Mississippi 22 at Livingston.
The second area is around Yandell Road east of Cedar Green Drive between the Natchez Trace and Cotton Blossom Road.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center was the lone holdout but that was because no contact could be found to sign, the Board of Supervisors was told Monday at a regular meeting.
James Gabriel, attorney for the SMCFPD, said a number of property owners had requested to be in the district, and in turn, enjoy a fire rating of Class 7.
"By having a Class 7, the property owners that come into the annexed area will have a tremendously reduced fire insurance premium," he said.
Davis said that there is tremendous savings moving from a Class 10, which is what many outside a legal district have.
Gabriel said the annexation is a necessity due to the large number of developments over the year and the district needs to increase revenues to provide adequate protection.
Currently, there are two fire stations in Gluckstadt and Lake Caroline manned year-round by full-time employees.
"There are plans to add a third fire station to the district," Gabriel said. "All of those cost money."
There is no additional cost to the county involved in the annexation and property owners will be levied no less than 4 mills in taxes.
Supervisors voted unanimously to move forward with the annexation.
In other county action by the Madison County Board of Supervisors:
District 4 Supervisor Karl Banks and District 2 Supervisor Ronny Lott were appointed to a committee to look at 200 yards of streets in Lost Rabbit that had never been turned over to the county for maintenance.
Scott Weeks was hired as the newest planning and zoning director for the county after serving in the interim role.
Holmes Community College presented an update of work on their campuses and urged the county to look at investing in more millage for the school as millage expires on bond indebtedness.
They reported that in a little over 10 years, 35,000 people have been trained for the automotive industry on their Ridgeland campus and that $1.3 million of $1.9 million spent for workforce training is spent in the county.