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Essex County Credit Rating Increased To AAA As Municipal Finances Improve

Monday June 6th, 2022, 6:25pm

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S&P Global Ratings has increased its credit rating for the County of Essex to AAA with a stable outlook.  The County is one of 21 municipalities for which S&P raised its ratings after revising its assessment for Canadian municipalities to “extremely predictable and supportive” based on how they have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to “timely and prudent fiscal management,” along with support from the federal and provincial governments, municipalities were able to overcome the challenges of increased costs for health and safety while revenues from some services decreased, says an S&P statement.

Municipalities given a AAA rating “demonstrate robust management practices, with greater transparency and visibility of longer-term plans,” it says. “These entities typically maintain operating and after-capital surpluses. Municipalities in this rating category typically benefit from strong economic fundamentals, which support healthy growth in own-source revenues.”

The higher a municipality’s credit rating, the lower its cost to borrow money.

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