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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: DAN MCQUEEN AND MICHAEL HALL

Dan McQueen

Dan McQueen

Back in January of last year, Mayor Dan McQueen – who came out of nowhere to win the job as Mayor of Corpus Christi – resigned after 37 days in office.

McQueen, an engineer who talked a good game, never quite figured out what a mayor could and couldn’t do, liked to talk about budget figures and didn’t seem to care if they were right or wrong, and never got the hang of working with other city council members or answering to the public.

It was a boondoggle Corpus Christi will not soon forget.

After a short run for the U.S. Senate (where he also dropped out) McQueen is back on the ballot again — hoping Corpus Christi residents will forget his short tenure – and give him another chance at being Mayor of Corpus Christi.

City Council Vote On Refunding

City Council Vote On Refunding

Bonds Could Save $25 Million

Corpus Christi City Council members recently authorized the issuance of at least three bond issues that have the potential of saving the City of Corpus Christi an estimated $25 million. The decision was made in the March 28 City Council meeting.

The City’s Financial Services Department said the amount would be saved as the result of several transactions. The first transaction will be the refunding of the City’s Utility System revenue obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation for the construction of Choke Canyon Dam. The projected net present value savings for this transaction is approximately $9.1 million. The second transaction will be a loan from the Texas Water Development Board through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to refund bonds previously issued for the construction of Mary Rhodes Pipeline, Phase 2. Projected savings from this transaction is over $14 million. The third transaction will be the refunding of any outstanding Utility System revenue bonds that would generate savings. In the current market environment, the projected net present value savings of this transaction is approximately $1.9 million.

The “refunding of a bond” occurs when a lower interest rate is obtained to generate savings.

Financial Services Director Constance P. Sanchez says the interest rate for the Texas Water Development Board bond has already been negotiated at rate of 1.77% and will generate a net present value savings for the City of $14 million over the remaining life of the 29-year loan.

Sanchez says the time is right for these bonds to be refunded because although interest rates are currently low, they have begun to increase. “The sooner we get these lower rates locked in, the better,” says Sanchez. “It will mean a significant savings for the citizens of Corpus Christi.”

For more information, contact Financial Services Director Constance P. Sanchez at (361) 826-3227 or at ConstaceP@cctexas.com.