Texas School District Bond Refi to Save $16 Million

A Texas school district has refinanced its outstanding bonds, a move that it expects will save nearly $16 million. According to Waco Independent School District, the bonds' maximum interest rate of 4.28 percent has been cut down to 1.655 percent. That will save $15.84 million over the remaining life of the bonds, which ends in 2038.The bonds total $85.3 million.

"This was a clear opportunity to demonstrate good fiscal stewardship of district and community resources," said Superintendent Susan Kincannon, in a statement. "With RBC Capital Markets' guidance, our business and financial services department has taken advantage of low bond interest rates to save taxpayers money and reduce the district's debt service costs."

As part of the process, the district's Moody bond rating of Aa2 was reaffirmed.

"This is a very strong rating and reflects the district's history of conservative budgeting and management practices," added Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Sheryl Davis. "We are pleased that favorable market conditions provided us the opportunity to refinance these bonds to benefit the district and taxpayers."

The funding, which involved a series of bonds, paid for construction of a high school and three elementary campuses.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.