Marblehead has retained its AAA rating
As reported in this Marblehead Reporter article Marblehead garners AAA bond rating from S&P , Marblehead has retained its AAA rating for the 8th year in a row. Marblehead is just one of 46 out of 351 communities across Massachusetts that obtained AAA status.
Apart from the kudos of having a well-managed and well-run town, the AAA rating allows Marblehead to borrow at lower interest rates. Recently, the town sold $7.7 million in 20-year bonds at a true interest cost of 2.179 percent and $10.3 million in one-year bond anticipation notes at a true interest of 0.6603 percent.
Those activities raised long-term debt “primarily” for the landfill project, the Glover School Building project as well as short-term debt for the Gerry School Feasibility Study and the forthcoming new fire truck among other capital projects, according to Town Administrator John McGinn.
This sound financial management is a big reason why Marblehead residents enjoy the third lowest tax rate of the 34 cities and towns in Essex County.
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