Blytheville Fire District Changes Will Cause Increase In Insurance

July 26, 2005--Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

Blytheville, AR- Mississippi County wants to redraw their fire districts, because not everyone is covered under a station.
To some Armorel residents, like Jason Pruett, say there is no need for a change.
"We are covered under Blytheville station right now, and we pay our subscription there. There is no need for a change in the cut off lines."
By changing the boundaries, some Armorel residents will have to switch fire departments. This will increase their insurance premiums and that's the root of the problem.
"Right now we are at a level 3 in Blytheville, but if we have to switch, Armorel is at a level 9, which will increase our premiums by 250% and makes our homes virtually worthless, and our subdivision, a ghost town."
Pruett says the residents just want the story and for the County not to keep discussion under the table.
Mayor Barrett Harrison told us he wants to help in any way he can.
"Those are wonderful, wonderful people out there, and we want to help any way we can."
Harrison says he is all for the redrawing of the lines to include all Mississippi County residents, but it was the County's idea.
The Mayor, Blytheville and Armorel's Fire Dept. and the Quorum Court met to discuss the issues. Blytheville agreed to a suggestion for a dual-coverage for the area, but Armorel has yet to make a decision.