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FEATURE FOCUS "Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of water lines in the county, beyond the cities of Elberton and Bowman," Thomas said. "The lines go out a mile from their borders, so we don't have a widespread water system." Without access to water throughout the county, homeowners could face rising insurance bills. The measure is the Insurance Services Office, or ISO, rating. It's a 10-point scale, and a lower number signifies a county is more prepared to cope with a fire. The standard is used to set insurance prices. "In order to keep our ISO rating, we knew we needed to do something, so we built three new fire stations over the last three years," Thomas said. "We now have 12 fire stations located strategically across the county." Also, the county bought nine gasoline tanker trucks through a military surplus sale in Albany, Georgia. The county paid $3,500 for each truck, which can carry 4,500 gallons. The most mileage on any of the trucks was 1,200 miles, and the lowest was about 600 miles, Thomas said. "What we did was retrofit those tanker trucks into what we call water shuttle trucks, and we are placing those strategically in the county," Thomas said. "If you don't have County officials turned these former military gasoline tankers into water shuttle trucks to compensate for the limited number of existing water lines in the county. The purchase of the trucks helped the county achieve a lower ISO rating as firefighters now have access to more water to shuttle to fire scenes. water lines and fire hydrants, normally your ISO calculation will go up to a seven, eight or nine, which might double or triple your home insurance." However, these trucks can draw water from a lake or fire hydrant, and there is a system to quickly shuttle water to any fire. In fact, a water truck usually arrives about the same commitment & quality time as one of the pumper trucks managed by the all-volunteer department. "We've got just as much water at a fire scene as you would if you had a fire hydrant," Thomas said. "We've been able to move from a class 5 to a class 4 rating, and I don't know of any other small county in the State of Georgia with that rating." CPA firms all face the same audit requirements and standards. Our methods of providing audit, tax and financial reporting services do more for our clients than just meet the requirements. For 98 years our goal has been to build relationships through commitment, quality and dedication to our clients. We serve over 300 local and state government entities throughout the southeast! Audit | Accounting | Financial Reporting 800-277-0050 | mjcpa.com 300 Mulberry Street | Suite 300 | Macon, GA 31201 14 789233_Mauldin.indd GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT 1 1/18/16 1:37 PM http://www.mjcpa.com http://www.mjcpa.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia Public Libraries Shine
Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Director’s Desk
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 19
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 23
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Public Libraries Shine
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 31
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 36
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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