Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:00 pm ·  0 Comments
By Gary Carr
Moody’s Investors Service has upheld Halton Region’s AAA credit rating—the agency’s highest—for the 29th consecutive year. Profiling Halton’s strong governance and prudent fiscal policies, as well as its forward-looking operating and capital plans, Moody’s credit opinion report demonstrates a high level of confidence in the Region’s continued success.
Halton’s AAA rating ranks us at the top end of Canadian municipalities. The Region is a transparent, accountable and fiscally responsible government that ensures value for taxpayers’ dollars. We are proud to consistently earn this distinction while providing high-quality services and keeping taxes low—our strong financial position helps keep Halton a great place to live.
Maintaining a AAA credit rating allows Halton and its local municipalities to finance major investments at the lowest possible long-term costs by providing continued access to the best capital financing rates available. It helps the Region maximize investments in Halton’s future while minimizing costs for taxpayers.
Moody’s report on Halton’s financial position highlights the following credit strengths:
The report also praised the Region’s conservative debt and investment policies, as well as its comprehensive, transparent and timely financial reporting. The agency assigned a stable outlook for Halton, with an expectation that the Region’s financial performance will remain strong.
In June 2016, S&P Global Ratings also upheld Halton’s top credit rating, and maintaining this distinction was a key objective in the creation of the 2017 Budget and Business Plan. To learn more about the Region’s strong long-term financial position, visit halton.ca/budget.