McNeal, Sports and Wilson of Blackshear is the new property and liability insurance provider for Pierce County.

The county commission approved the firm as the new provider on a 4-1 vote during a special called meeting the morning of June 22. Second district commissioner Mike Streat voted no, as he felt the county should stay with the current provider through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. ACCG offered coverage at a total premium cost of $159,932.

McNeal, Sports and Wilson will be paid $168,098 for the coverage through Liberty Insurance. The coverage will begin tomorrow, July 1, and run through June 30, 2022.

The majority of commissioners preferred to keep the business local since the coverage costs were close.

Will Wilson and Sam Sports of McNeal, Sports and Wilson gave a presentation on their coverage, while Joe Dan Thompson gave a presentation for ACCG Insurance.

The premiums pay for up to $2 million in liability coverage and up to $1 million in auto liability coverage.