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City sells bonds to pay for water projects

The city of Lake Oswego recently announced the successful sale of $77 million of fixed-rate full faith and credit bonds in a competitive bid process.

The revenue will be used to pay for the upgrade and expansion of Lake Oswego’s primary water infrastructure to provide water for both Lake Oswego and Tigard. The two communities formed the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership to share the costs of water system upgrades and will share future water production. 

Bonds will be repaid through water utility rates paid by water customers.

The interest cost for the bonds will be just under 4.3 percent. Proceeds will be used for Lake Oswego’s share of the construction and related cost of the upgrades as well as for paying off a $13 million line of credit issued last September. This bond issue may be the first of two needed to fund the project. Bonds will be repaid through water utility rates paid by water customers. Lake Oswego’s share of total project costs is estimated to be $118 million.

The city’s water bonds were rated AAA by Moody’s Investors Service and Aa1 by Standard & Poors, the highest ratings possible. The high ratings enable the city to issue the bonds as full faith and credit bonds, saving an estimated $7 million in financing costs during the 25-year term of the bonds.



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