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Moody's and S&P Reaffirm "Triple A" Rating

Richardson’s ongoing economic development activity and strong leadership and fiscal management cited as areas of excellence leading to Aaa and AAA ratings for 11th consecutive year.

Post Date:01/31/2020 1:59 PM

For the 11th year in a row, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies have reaffirmed Richardson’s “Triple A” status, the highest possible rating available for credit worthiness. Richardson has held AAA status from Standard & Poor’s for 13 years now, and this is the 11th year in a row the City has received an Aaa rating from Moody’s.

Standard & Poor’s Rationale

In its rationale, Standard and Poor’s said Richardson’s “Triple A” rating was based on the City’s, “very strong economy, very strong management with strong financial policies and practices, very strong budgetary flexibility, strong budgetary performance, very strong liquidity, and ongoing urban-design infrastructure initiatives that will help Richardson improve its overall quality of life and have a positive impact on the community.”

Moody’s Rationale

In its rationale, Moody’s said, “The rating reflects the city’s relatively large and affluent base that is bolstered by a sizable business district that draws a large daytime population.” Moody’s also praised Richardson’s “very strong financial management,” while noting Richardson’s, “Budgetary flexibility afforded by the City’s practice of funding capital within the annual budget.” Additionally, Moody’s predicts that “the regional employment base will continue to diversify and offer stability to the local economy.”

Mayor’s Comment

“We take pride in managing our City finances in a disciplined, effective and efficient manner,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “Our financial position and fiscal management policies have allowed us to continue to enhance our resident’s quality of life, while delivering a strong return on investment for all stakeholders in the city. This recognition, in part allows us to invest in critical areas such as infrastructure and public safety. We are honored to once again meet the highest standards of fiscal responsibility by both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.”

2020 Bond Sale

This year the City plans to sell approximately $47 million in General Obligation bonds as well as nearly $14.7 million in Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation and just over $15 million of Adjustable Rate General Obligation Bonds. The sale will provide funds for projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Program as well as short- and long-term capital expenses, including information technology, fire and solid waste equipment and water and sewer infrastructure.

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