City of Bowie getting an ISO upgrade going from 3 to 2

By BARBARA GREEN
Following a March inspection of its fire protection resources, the City of Bowie is expected to drop by one class in its rating, bringing a possible 8.5 percent decrease in property insurance costs to its residents.
In this instance, moving down in a rating is a good thing. City officials received a letter from the Insurance Service Office on July 1 reviewing survey results and the preliminary analysis of the fire insurance classification. That information has been sent to the state fire marshal’s office, where the final rating will be approved and an effective date named.
Fire Chief Doug Page said normally the ratings come out quarterly; so he anticipates it would be Oct. 1 when the new public protection class rating is effective.

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