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Property and Liability Insurance Fund

At-a-Glance

When Georgia cities faced hardships obtaining property and liability insurance in the 1980s, we stepped in. The result? A high quality property and liability insurance fund from the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA). With 330 members, GIRMA pools your premiums into the risk-sharing fund that pays claim defense, claim losses, and more. Learn about the many benefits and options.


Benefits

GIRMA offers competitive benefits that make it a better choice than standalone commercial offerings.
 
  • Submit claims for an unlimited number of occurrences. No cap and no aggregate limits for general liability or law enforcement coverage.
  • Receive full imbursement to buy “like new” replacements. We provide “like new” replacement cost property coverage on a blanket limit basis (covering all of your property on all of your premises) with no coinsurance clause, meaning you don’t have to pay a dime. We also do not limit increased replacement costs due to ordinance or code enforcement.
  • Prevent property and liability incidents before they happen. We offer proactive safety and risk control services including:
    • Loss control field service and individual member problem analysis to help you mitigate risk in your work environments.
    • Onsite and regional training to help communicate the basics of risk control to your staff.
    • Plenty of research and resources including a video lending library, periodic risk control publications, and other communication materials.
  • Save time through administrative benefits such as an easy renewal process, a common renewal date, and no premium audits that involve onsite visits, phone calls, and extra paperwork.
  • Save time from reporting on many vehicles. New vehicles, equipment, and property valued under $100,000 are automatically covered and do not have to be reported.
  • Receive free property appraisals which are included and conducted at no cost to you. We conduct these appraisals to ensure the proper valuation of your property.
  • Receive free legal advisory service. Our property and liability experts will talk to you about any employment and personnel matters at no cost to you. In fact, using our Hotline for Employment Legal Problems (HELP) waives your deductible on any subsequent claim.
  • Receive additional flood and earthquake coverage. We provide $10 million per member for flood and earthquake coverage, with flood zone exclusions.
  • Receive specialized data and network security coverage. This free coverage includes protection in the event that your personal and private data is breached by a computer hacker. We also cover lost or stolen computers, phishing attacks, and other breaches of cybersecurity along with notification costs to people affected by the data breach.
  • Receive additional coverage for sewer backups and zoning.
  • Participate in additional cost-saving and benefit-rich programs such as:
     
    • Safety and Liability Management Grant Program
      Our Safety and Liability Management Grant Fund offers opportunities for you to fund the purchase of equipment, receive training, and give you the ability to tackle expensive worker safety and liability initiatives. You’re eligible for $6,000 in funds per year, with no match required.
    • Public Safety Driving Simulator Training Program
      Our customized public safety classroom training covers defensive driving, basic physics involved in driving, proper inspection of vehicles, state requirements regarding emergency response and pursuits, and any applicable case law.
    • GIRMA Law Enforcement Initiative
      We assist your law enforcement agency to effectively manage the varied and high-potential risks associated with law enforcement operations. If you participate, you can receive up to a 20% discount on any law premiums.
    • GIRMA Inmate Medical Program
      Because you’re held responsible for the medical care of inmates/arrestees, no matter how much it costs, we provide $250,000 per inmate/per year over a $10,000 deductible to help with inmate medical claims management and catastrophic medical protection.

Plans and Options

We offer different property and liability insurance plans to meet your needs.
 
  • Property (including boiler and machinery property)
  • Automobile physical damage and liability
  • Law enforcement liability
  • General liability
  • Public official liability
  • Employee benefits liability
  • Pollution
  • Fidelity (including crime and all bonds)

Costs

Your contributions are based on:
 
  • Individual loss experience. We compare your past property and liability experiences to state averages to calculate your insurance contribution.
  • Underwriting. A risk assessment makes sure you’re eligible for property and liability insurance, and for how much.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible for the GIRMA fund if you are a:
 
  • Municipality
  • Municipal authority
  • Municipal commission
  • Regional commission
  • Municipal school district with an average daily student population of at least 2,800
Municipalities of every size and in every Georgia region use our service. We know how to serve a city like yours.
 

Participating Entities

Abbeville Housing Authority Lovejoy
Acworth Luthersville
Adel Lyerly
Adrian Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority
Alamo Madison
Allentown Manchester Housing Authority
Alma Mansfield
Andersonville Marietta City Schools
Aragon Marshallville
Arcade McCaysville Housing Authority
Argyle McDonough
Ashburn McIntyre
Ashburn Housing Authority McRae Housing Authority
Athens-Clarke County Meansville
Atlanta Regional Commission Meigs
Auburn Metter
Austell Middle Georgia Regional Commission
Avondale Estates Midville
Bainbridge Midway
Ball Ground Millen
Barnesville Milner
Bartow Milton
Barwick Mitchell
Ben Hill-Irwin Joint Authority Molena
Berkeley Lake Monticello
Berlin Moreland
Bishop Morganton
Blackshear Morrow
Blairsville Morven
Blakely Moultrie
Blakely Housing Authority Moultrie Housing Authority
Bloomingdale Moultrie Leased Housing Authority
Blue Ridge Mount Airy
Blythe Mount Vernon
Bogart Mount Vernon Housing Authority
Boston Mount Zion
Boston Housing Authority Mountain City
Bowman Mountain Park
Braselton Nelson
Brinson Newington
Bronwood Newnan
Brookhaven Nicholls
Brooklet Norcross
Brooks North High Shoals
Brunswick Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
Buford Housing Authority Oak Park
Byron Housing Authority Oakwood
Cairo Ochlocknee
Camilla Oconee
Canon Oliver
Canton Housing Authority Oxford
Cave Spring Palmetto
Cave Spring Housing Authority Parrott
Cedartown Patterson
Centerville Pavo
Chamblee Peachtree City
Chamblee Downtown Development Authority Peachtree City Airport Authority
Chattahoochee Hills Peachtree Corners
Chester Pelham Housing Authority
Chickamauga Pembroke
Clarkesville Perry
Clarkston Perry Housing Authority
Claxton Pine Lake
Clermont Pinehurst
Climax Pineview
Cobbtown Plainville
Cohutta Pooler
Colbert Port Wentworth
Collins Poulan
Colquitt Housing Authority Powder Springs
Comer Ranger
Commerce Ray City
Commerce Housing Authority Rayle
Concord Rebecca
Conyers Housing Authority Register
Coolidge Reidsville
Cornelia Remerton
Dahlonega Resaca
Dallas Rhine
Danielsville Riceboro
Danville Richland
Darien Richmond Hill
Dasher Riddleville
Davisboro Rincon
Dawson Ringgold Housing Authority
Dawsonville River Valley Regional Commission
Deepstep Roberta
Dexter Roberta Housing Authority
Dillard Rochelle Housing Authority
Doerun Rockmart
Doerun Housing Authority Rocky Ford
Donalsonville Rome
Douglasville Rome-Floyd County Recreation Authority
Dublin Rossville
Dublin-Laurens County Recreation Authority Roswell Housing Authority
Dudley Rutledge
Duluth Sale City
Dunwoody Sandersville
Eastman Santa Claus
Eatonton Sardis
Edison Scotland
Ellenton Screven
Emerson Senoia
Eton Senoia DDA
Fairmount Senoia Housing Authority
Fargo Shady Dale
Fayetteville Sharpsburg
Fitzgerald Sky Valley
Fitzgerald Water, Light and Bond Commission Smithville
Flovilla Smyrna
Fort Gaines Snellville
Fort Valley Social Circle
Fort Valley Utility Commission Soperton
Franklin South Fulton Mun. Reg. Jail Auth.
Gainesville Housing Authority South Fulton Regional Water & Sewer Authority
Garden City Southern Georgia Regional Commission
Garfield Springfield
Georgia Mountains Regional Commission St. Marys
Gibson Stapleton
Glenwood Statham
Good Hope Stillmore
Graham Stockbridge
Grayson Summertown
Greensboro Summerville
Griffin Sumner
Grovetown Suwanee
Hagan Swainsboro
Hahira Tallapoosa
Hapeville Taylorsville
Haralson Tennille
Harlem Tennille Housing Authority
Harrison Thomasville
Hartwell Thomasville Housing Authority
Hawkinsville Thomson
Helen Three Rivers Regional Commission
Hephzibah Tifton
Hinesville Tignall
Hiram Toccoa
Hoboken Toomsboro
Holly Springs Tri-City Housing Authority
Homeland Trion
Homerville Tunnel Hill
Hoschton Turin
Ideal Tybee Island
Irwinton Tyrone
Ivey Unadilla
Jefferson Union City
Jenkinsburg Uvalda
Jesup Varnell
Kennesaw Vidalia
Keysville Vienna
Kingsland Villa Rica
Kingston Villa Rica Housing Authority
Kite Waleska
LaFayette Walnut Grove
LaFayette Housing Authority Walthourville
LaGrange Housing Authority Warner Robins
Lake City Warwick
Lavonia Washington-Wilkes Parks & Rec.
Leary Waycross DDA
Leesburg Waynesboro
Lenox Whigham
Leslie White
Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission White Plains
Lilburn Whitesburg
Locust Grove Williamson
Lookout Mountain Woodbine

GMA offers safety and liability grants to members of its property and liability and GMA’s workers’ compensation fund. To learn more, please download the following flyer about the grant program:
 

Leadership
GIRMA Board of Trustees

Annual Report
Download the 2013 Annual Report (PDF, 235KB)

News
GMA Property & Liability Program Announces $5 Million Dividend for 2015
April 13, 2015
The Board of Trustees of GMA’s property and liability insurance program has declared a $5 million dividend for the May 1, 2015, renewal. The net effect of the dividend will be to reduce members' premium for the upcoming program year. 

GMA Property & Liability Program Announces $5 Million Dividend for 2014
March 10, 2014
The Board of Trustees of GMA’s property and liability insurance program has declared a $5 million dividend for the May 1, 2014, renewal. The net effect of the dividend will be to reduce members' premium for the upcoming program year. 

Auburn Saves by Switching to GMA Insurance Program
September 5, 2012
During budget meetings, the council voted to accept the bid from the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA), which is administered by GMA. The city’s former insurer, Traveler’s Insurance, charged Auburn $93,415 in 2011. The quote from GIRMA was $76,196 and was the lowest of the three bids the city received.
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WHY GMA?
  • We’ve spent more than 25 years helping members like you with property and liability insurance.
  • Our membership-controlled fund has nearly 330 members.
  • Fund members receive $48.5 million in dividends (or renewal credits), significantly reducing the cost of coverage for the membership.