Regional
7:52 am
Thu April 21, 2011

NM OKs Bond Sales Of $18M For Capital Projects

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The state Board of Finance has approved the sale of $18.6 million in general obligation bonds to pay for capital improvement projects approved by voters in November.

The board on Tuesday also selected a Milwaukee, Wis.-based firm, Robert W. Baird & Co., as bond underwriter.

The company was one of 14 bidders. An underwriter buys the bonds and sells them to investors in the market. The company offered the state a "true interest cost" of 2.44 percent.

New Mexico's general obligation bonds are rated Aaa (triple-A), which is the highest by Moody's Investors Service.

Finance and Administration Secretary Richard May said a key to the bond rating is the state maintaining adequate cash reserves.

Voters approved bonds to finance school projects, senior citizen facilities and library acquisitions.

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