The South Madison County Fire Protection District, commonly known as the Gluckstadt Fire Department, is looking to annex three areas in hopes of providing relief to people living outside current fire district jurisdictions. 

The Madison County Board of Supervisors on Monday set a public hearing for Dec. 3 for anyone opposing the annexation attempt to voice their opposition. 

Properties annexed into the district will be subject to the fire tax, which is currently set at 8 mills.

Gluckstadt Fire Chief Henry Davis said for most homeowners they will see a decrease in their insurance premiums. He said any increase from taxes will either come out as break-even, and in some cases, people will see actual cost savings. 

Area 1 of the proposed annexation includes a half-dozen homes on Cotton Blossom Road. 

Area 2 of the proposed annexation includes homes in Haley Creek, Twin Harbor, 12 Oaks Trace, and Crescent Lake, among others. 

Area 3 of the proposed annexation includes homes off of St. Davids Way and a small road off Green Oak Lane east of U.S. 51. 

Davis said homeowners there came to the District asking for annexation because they were outside Madison the City’s limits and were paying higher premiums. 

Board President Sheila Jones said that she had spoken with Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and the city was supportive of the fire annexation effort. 

Board of Supervisors Attorney Katie Bryant Snell asked if Twin Harbor was in Madison’s current operating area. 

John Scanlon, an attorney representing the South Madison County Fire District, said the city currently responds to calls in that area because it is less than one mile from the city limits, but that is not considered within their jurisdictional boundary. 

“(The Gluckstadt Fire Department) would have the exclusive right to serve if this board would allow them to annex,” Scanlon said. 

Snell said she just wanted to make sure there wasn’t an existing service area in the proposed annexation plans. 

Davis said that soon they will have Station 3 on Yandell Road across from Harvey Crossing open. He said this station will be less than four miles away from some of the proposed homes in the annexation area, thus reducing the fire rating. 

Davis said he has yet to hear of any opposition for the proposed annexation, but the public hearing hasn’t been held.

Jones said the people in the neighborhoods will definitely benefit from the annexation. 

“It’s a good thing,” she said.