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Debt Transparency

The Finance Department is committed to providing sound financial leadership with a collaborative and innovative approach.

Transparency is a key component to our financial leadership and  it provides our citizens with information and promotes accountability.

The City’s current outstanding debt is comprised of general obligation (GO) bonds, certificates of obligation (CO) debt, and utility revenue bonds.

General Obligation Bonds:  are debt instruments issued by State and local governments as a source of funds for the acquisition and construction of major capital equipment, infrastructure, and facilities.  They are backed by the full faith and credit of the issuer, including the power to tax its citizens.  GO bonds must be approved by the voters and the City is required to compute at the time other taxes are levied, the rate of tax required to provide a fund to pay interest and principal at maturity.

The City’s General Obligation bonds are rated AA+ by Standard & Poor’s.

Certificates of Obligations:  are generally short-term in nature.  They are backed by taxes, fee revenues, or a combination of the two and do not require a vote by the citizens.

Utility Revenue Bonds:  are issued to fund capital projects for the electric,water, sewer and drainage systems and related facilities.  They are repaid with utility revenues.

The City’s utility revenue bonds are rated AA by Standard & Poor’s.

Sales Tax Revenue bonds:  have been issued to fund transportation improvements.  The bonds are to be repaid from revenues of the Georgetown Transportation and Enhancement Corporation (GTEC).

At the end of the fiscal year 2017, the City of Georgetown’s outstanding debt was $276,790,000.  Of this amount, $184,060,000 comprises the CO and GO debt backed by the full faith and credit of the City.  The revenue bond totals $92,730,000.  The Sales Tax Revenue Bond (Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation) debt total is $6,685,000.

HB 1378: Debt Obligation Reporting

The 84th Legislature passed HB 1378 to increase the transparency of local government debt. Under Local Government Code § 140.008, political subdivisions, including counties, cities, school districts, junior college districts, special purpose districts, and other subdivisions of state government must annually compile their debt obligation data from the preceding fiscal year.

Current Debt Obligations as of 9/30/17: Outstanding direct debt obligations, & tax and revenue supported. Includes purpose, credit rating, outstanding principal amount, debt service, and spent and unspent proceeds issue-by-issue.

Bond Authorization 

The City of Georgetown called a bond election for 2 propositions authorizing the issuance of General Obligation bonds for Street/Road projects in the amount of $46,000,000 and Park and Recreation projects in the amount $35,500,000 on 11/4/08.  The Street/Road projects that were given authorization from the citizens were FM 971, SE Arterial 1, Northwest Inner Loop/DB Wood Rd, FM 1460, Berry Creek Dr, and a routing study for SH29.  The Parks projects included purchase of parkland and open space/preserving land, pedestrian and bike trail improvements, Garey Park, & San Gabriel Park.

The City of Georgetown called a bond election for 1 proposition authorizing the issuance of General Obligation bonds for Street/Road projects in the amount of $105,000,000 on 5/9/15.  The projects include Northwest Blvd bridge, Rivery Blvd Extension, IH35 NB Frontage Rd, Southwest Bypass, Wolf Ranch Pkwy, Intersection/Capital Pool, Leander Bridge at IH35, NE Inner Loop, Stadium Dr (CR 151), Southwestern Blvd, SH29, Leander Rd, & DB Wood.

Bond Authorization Balance Information as of 9/30/17: Authorized debt, issued and unissued amounts.

Additional Debt Information

Current Fiscal Year Tax Rate click here.

Debt Information from previous fiscal years can be found in adopted budgets, located on our Financial Reports page, under “Archived Annual Budget Reports”, please click here to be redirected to that page.

Click here for the link to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accountants Debt at a Glance (DAAG) tool.

Click here for the link to the Bond Review Board local government debt data.

Downloadable Data

Click here for the City of Georgetown’s 5 year debt time trend.