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Durham retains AAA bond rating

Posted July 16, 2008

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— Three ratings agencies have reaffirmed Durham's AAA bond rating, allowing the city to continue borrowing money at the lowest possible interest rates.

“The AAA rating is a strong indicator for our citizens that we diligently and efficiently manage their tax dollars," City Manager Patrick Baker said in a statement. "Our AAA rating allows us to issue (general obligation) bonds and provide our taxpayers with significant savings on the interest as we work to improve our community.”

Some Durham officials expressed reservations last month about the 2008-09 budget, which required dipping into the city's reserve fund,  saying that could jeopardize the bond rating.

Durham is among 19 cities with a AAA bond rating nationwide. Raleigh, Charlotte and Chapel Hill also hold the top rating.


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  • Pseudonym Jul 16, 2008

    Yaaay now Durham has the opportunity to go into debt


  • johnny2times Jul 16, 2008

    wow...Durham has something good going for it right now...and no one is bashing Durham....Im sure it won't take long.