Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa2 rating to the Village of Ossining, New York $4.7 million Public Improvement (Serial) Bonds, 2018 and $6.2 million Public Improvement Refunding (Serial) Bonds, 2018. Moody’s maintains a Aa2 rating on the village’s outstanding GO Limited Tax (GOLT) debt and Issuer Rating. The Issuer Rating is equivalent to the rating we would assign to GO Unlimited Tax (GOULT) debt of the village. We consider the outstanding debt to be GOLT because of limitations under New York State law on property tax levy increases. The lack of distinction between the GOLT rating and the GOULT issuer rating reflects the village board’s ability to override the cap.
The Aa2 rating reflects the village’s stable financial operations with healthy reserve levels, moderately sized tax base, average wealth levels, and manageable debt burden.
Moody’s does not normally assign outlooks to local government credits with this amount of debt outstanding.
Factors that could lead to an upgrade
- significant tax base expansion;
- significant improvement in wealth and income profile.
Factors that could lead to a downgrade
- deterioration of wealth and income profile;
- significant increase in debt burden;
- operating deficits resulting in material depletion of financial reserves.
The bonds are secured by a General Obligation pledge as limited by the Property Tax Cap – Legislation (Chapter 97 (Part A) of the Laws of the State of New York, 2011).
Use of proceeds
Proceeds from the Public Improvement bonds, together with $605,061 in available cash will redeem $2.7 million in outstanding bond anticipation notes, which mature on September 28, 2018, and provide original financing for various village capital improvements. Proceeds from the Public Improvement Refunding Series will refund the 2007 and 2010 bonds for an estimated net present value savings of $302,880, or a 4.7% of the refunded principal.
The Village of Ossining has a population of approximately 25,400 and is located 30 miles north of New York City in Westchester County.
The principal methodology used in these ratings was US Local Government General Obligation Debt published in December 2016. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.
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