Henrico completes $73.5M bond sale
Henrico County officials yesterday completed a sale of $73.5 million in general obligation bonds to Barclays Capital, the successful bidder from a group of eight.
The bid for the 20-year bonds was made at an interest rate of 2.84 percent, according to Henrico Management and Budget Division Director Gene Walter.
"That's amazing," Walter told the Citizen. "Given the craziness of the stock market yesterday [a drop of more than 400 points], it just goes to show how high quality Henrico County bonds are."
The highest interest rate offered by a bidder yesterday was 3.08 percent – just one one-hundredth of a point higher than the rate Henrico received when it last sold bonds last year.
"And we thought that was an incredible rate at the time," Walter said.
Because the county budgets for an interest rate on bond sales of 6 percent, yesterday's sale resulted in a cost avoidance of $24.7 million, Walter said.
The bond money will fund school renovation projects, the construction of a new Dumbarton Library and a new Varina Library as well as two recreation and parks projects.
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Henrico Police are both presenting community events tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway brings together community service providers, embassies/consulates from Latin American countries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community. The Division of Police’s Community Day will feature demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office, as well as family activities, food, entertainment and more. Other events this weekend include wine, chess and theatre! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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