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NEW CITY – County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Finance Stephen DeGroat announced that Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the County’s issuer and general obligation limited tax (GOLT) ratings to Aa1 from Aa2, which means Rockland is now one of the financially strongest counties in New York State.
“When I was first elected to serve as County Executive, the New York State Comptroller’s Office listed Rockland as the most fiscally stressed County in the entire state and our bond rating was one step above junk status,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. “Now we are one of the fiscally strongest counties in the entire state, literally transforming from worst to first in only 8 years.”
According to Moody’s Investors Service, “The upgrade to Aa1 reflects a reserve position that continues to improve. Strong management and budgeting is driving the improved reserves. The rating further reflects a significant tax base, above-average socioeconomic profile, and a manageable long-term liability profile.”
Bond ratings define a borrower’s credit risk to lenders. The top rating Rockland has achieved indicates the County is low risk to lenders, which will allow Rockland to secure the lowest interest rates on borrowing across in the state and the country.
Rockland’s increased rating is attributed to improved financial stability through maintaining a balanced budget along with adequate cash reserves, which allow the County to weather financial storms.
“I want to thank the Rockland County Legislature for their help with this accomplishment and acknowledge Rockland Finance Commissioner Stephen DeGroat and Budget Director Steve Grogan for their tireless efforts to save taxpayer dollars,” said County Executive Day. “Our improved financial situation will enable us to take on needed infrastructure improvements, including the completion of our new highway garage this Fall.”