JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A decision to give Bear Creek Fire District a better insurance rating will save homeowners thousands of dollars, according to an Onslow County spokesman.
Spokesman Todd Lyman told WNCT that the Bear Creek Fire District was given an insurance rating of Class 6. This is better than a rating previously expected after last year’s merger.
In October 2015, the Bear Creek volunteer station was in danger of closing its door. A decision made by leaders last year led to the county providing fire and rescue services to the district with the help of volunteers.
County commissioners held a conference on Friday and talked about the new insurance rating for the Bear Creek Fire District.
Commissioners said if the county had not teamed up with volunteers, the district would have been given an expected Class 10 rating. Higher class numbers mean high home insurance premiums.
A Class 6 rating means the average premium will be around $2,234 per year, according to data released by the county. The county estimates area homeowners will see annual savings $1,348. Most insurance rates will be changed by the merger because the previous rating was a Class 6.
According to a letter, this newly confirmed rate is effective July 1, 2016.