Hall County to the Rescue
The Hall County commissioners may have cut a lot of things, but one thing the left alone was the Fire Department. They even went so far as to “roll up” the millage rate on fire. I can understand their thinking; if they have to cut back or close stations, we would have to pay for a higher insurance premium. I guess I would rather pay the tax than the premium; at least I can write off the tax.
I wonder, however, if our superior services can be taken advantage of. I noticed an article in the Braselton News Today that talked about a house in Gwinnett County where a Hall County truck responded. Gwinnett and Hall Counties recently came to an aid agreement where they help Hall and vice versa. From my understanding, the mutual aide agreement allows for compensation of assets, fuel and such. My concern is that the demand is equitable. What would happen if Gwinnett were to close some fire stations and rely on our services? You could say that they are paying us, but who will be left in the county if our trucks are dispatched over to another area?
I have heard that this is a problem in North Hall with the county ambulance. It seems that our ambulance is dispatched to White County on a very frequent basis; almost like they have outsourced a part of their county to us.
Perhaps I am over thinking this. Perhaps the real issue is the lack of communication between the counties. Maybe this article is actually showing a real issue that could happen in Hall County if we are dependent on Gwinnett to assist. Either way, we tend to be very myopic about things and we don’t look across the borders to see what is happening in other counties that can have an indirect impact on us. Let’s hope that the inter-county aid agreements have certain monitoring clauses that ensure we are not on the hook or expecting aid when it will never come.
Hugh Hall County Akston