charlottesville receives highest bond rating reviews
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Charlottesville receives highest bond rating reviews

charlottesvilleThe City of Charlottesville has received the highest rating from both S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investor Services.

The rating reviews were conducted as part of the city’s most recent bond sale which was held on June 7, 2022.

Bonds totaling $26 million were sold in a competitive sale. Fidelity Capital Markets purchased the bonds by offering the lowest interest rate at 3.07 percent.  The funds will be used to fund projects in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan.

The AAA bond rating reflects an unbiased assessment of the credit worthiness of the city’s debt obligations to investors in the public financial market. The higher the rating, the greater the likelihood of full and timely repayment of the debt which equates to lower risk to investors and lower interest rates to municipalities.

Both rating agencies cited several key factors in assessing the city’s creditworthiness:

  • A strong and growing economy anchored by a stable institutional presence.
  • Strong and comprehensive financial policies and practices.
  • Sound budgetary performance with adequate financial flexibility.
  • Manageable debt burden.

The AAA rating helps to ensure that the city incurs lower borrowing costs when compared to other borrowers with lower ratings. Over the life of the bonds, these cost savings ensure that more taxpayer dollars get allocated to projects.

“The city is honored to have once again received the highest bond ratings possible by both Moody’s and S&P,” said Interim City Manager Michael C Rogers.  “The rating agencies’ findings are a stamp of approval for the City’s prudent financial management, and a positive confirmation of the overall strength of Charlottesville’s economy.”

Moody’s has rated Charlottesville AAA since 1973 and S&P Global has rated the City AAA since 1964.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.