Moody’s Investor Services maintains county’s strong credit rating

Special to The Sun
Pictured are the elected members of the Burlington County Board of Commissioners. Moody’s Investor Services singled out Burlington County’s governance and budgeting as a key factor in its decision to maintain Burlington County’s strong credit rating.

Burlington County’s stellar credit rating was reaffirmed by Moody’s Investor Services earlier this year and it’s already helping the county achieve savings from low interest borrowing.

Moody’s maintained the county’s Aa1 rating and reported that “its continuing improving finances will remain solid” both in the near- and medium-term future. The report cited the county’s wealthy local economy, stable reserves, strong governance and favorable location.

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The Aa1 rating is at the top of Moody’s rating scale and allows the county financial team to negotiate lower interest on its debt. The agency’s report was in response to a $10 million bond approved by the commissioners to support road and bridge improvements and capital equipment purchases.

During that recent note sale, Burlington County was able to negotiate a net interest cost well below the average net interest from similar note sales in New Jersey during the previous 45 days.

Moody’s report singled out Burlington County’s governance and budgeting as a key factor in its rating decision. It also pointed to the county’s healthy finance reserves and growing revenues from a strengthening economy.

“The county has built a deep bench of civil servants and outside professionals to implement its policy objectives. This, plus a combination of a strong state-wide institutional framework and highly conservative budgeting, has allowed the county to not only strengthen its finances but to do so while providing various forms of assistance to its local governments,” Moody’s wrote in the agency’s report.

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