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Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:11

County Working on Lowering Flood Insurance Costs

(TNS) — A Vigo, Ind., County official is seeking a renewed focus on getting the county recertified into a higher level of a national rating system in hopes of lowering costs for county residents required to have flood insurance.

“For the past few years, our office has failed in one main area,” said Jared Bayler, executive director of the Vigo County Area Planning Department. “Due to any number of reasons, we are no longer [getting a discount] in the Community Rating System program.” Bayler became executive director in February.

“What this means is we are failing to provide to Vigo County residents discounts on flood insurance programs that are made available to them,” Bayler said.

The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the program’s minimum requirements and encourages a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.