Posted: Aug 8, 2012 4:16 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Aug 8, 2012 6:45 PM
ALSEN- Residents in one part of East Baton Rouge Parish want the Metro Council to help them achieve a lower fire rating.
The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana issued the worst possible rating, a 10, for Alsen last year. It caused big problems for people living in the area on their home owner's insurance bills.
"You have an appeal process," Councilman Ulysses Bones Addison said. "Alsen has applied for the appeal. That process under the rating agency guidelines can't take place for 12 months once rating has taken place."
That means the earliest a re-evaluation could take place is February.
Moses Evans lives in Alsen. He's one of the residents who received a high bill this year.
"This is more than just home owner's insurance," Evans said. "We want our lives to be protected just like the prisoners at parish prison lives are protected. They sleep at night under a number one rating."
It's why they are calling on members of the Metro Council to help them get assistance.
"When they say go contact your councilman, we as a governing body don't have authority to go in and do anything," Addison said.
Until a new fire rating is issued for Alsen, residents can expect to continue paying more for their insurance rates. Addison said there's nothing the Metro Council can do.