Homeowners angry after seeing insurance rates go up because of distance to fire station

THEM – AND FIRST RESPONDERS AT RISKROBERT:TONIGHT HOMEOWNERS ARE ANGERED THEIR INSURANCE RATES ARE GOING UP

DRAMATICALLY ALL BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE TO THE NEAREST FIRE STATION

175 FAMILIES IN DEL VALLE ARE AFFECTED, BUT YOU COULD SEE THIS SOON IN OTHER AREAS KXAN'S KYLIE MCGIVERN LOOKS AT THE SOLUTION AND HOW MUCH IT COULD COSTALFONZO MURRAY LIVES AT THE CORNER OF A STREET HE FEELS THE NEED TO PROTECT ALFONZO MURRAY: "NORMALLY I SPEND MY SUMMER DAYS JUST OUT HERE WATCHING THE KIDS"ALFONZO MURRAY: "I'M PRETTY MUCH A FIXTURE HERE

THEY'RE ALL USED TO SEEING ME" ALFONZO MURRAY: "IF SOMETHING SHOULD HAPPEN TO THESE KIDS, IT'S 15 MINUTES" AFD'S GOAL IN THIS AREA — IS 8 MINUTES BUT THAT'S JUST NOT HAPPENING ALFONZO MURRAY: "I HAVE A DISABLED BROTHER THAT I TAKE CARE OF WHO HAS A HEART MURMUR

" ALFONZO MURRAY: "THESE ARE PRECIOUS MINUTES, SECONDS THAT WE HAVE" BECAUSE OF THAT DISTANCE TO THE NEAREST FIRE STATION — ALFONZO MURRAY: "OH WE JUST FOUND OUT A WEEK AGO" MURRAY SAYS HIS INSURANCE RATE IS GOING UP 1 THOUSAND DOLLARS ALFONZO MURRAY: "THE IS THE NEW RATING AND THIS IS WHAT YOUR NEW RATE IS JUST LIKE THAT" ALFONZO MURRAY: "WHEN I POSTED IT TO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD PAGE, WE GET THIS INFLUX OF 'ME TOO, ME TOO, ME TOO'" COUNCIL MEMBER DELIA GARZA REPRESENTS THIS AREA

COUNCIN MEMBER DELIA GARZA: "IT'S NOT FAIR IT'S NOT FAIR FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE REALLY HAVE BEEN FORCED OUT ((14)) BECAUSE OUR AFFORDABILITY ISSUES, THEY'RE THE ONES LIVING ON THE OUTSKIRTS AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT MAY BE FACING HIGHER INSURANCES RATES" SHE SAYS SHE PLANS TO PUSH FOR A FIRE STATION SOONERTHE PROPOSED TIMELINE, 20-22

ALFONZO MURRAY: "THEY'RE GONNA OPEN THIS DEAD END UP AND PUT A NEIGHBORHOOD" ALFONZO MURRAY: "ALL THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 4 YEARS BEFORE THEY EVEN BREAK GROUND ON OUR FIRE STATION" THE LACK OF A FIRE STATION — COSTING THIS AREA IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

ALFONZO MURRAY: "WE NEED SOME HELP" KYLIE MCGIVERN, KXAN NEWS ROBERT: COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER NEW FIRE STATION FUNDING THROUGH A 2018 BOND ONLINE NOW, WE HAVE A LINK IN THIS STORY TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE – WHERE YOU CAN COMPARE HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE