Prudent Stewardship: The Raleigh City Council has adopted fiscally conservative policies and budgets that have allowed the city to continuously maintain a AAA bond rating since 1973, demonstrating the Council's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of fiscal conservatism and credit-worthiness.
Resilience: In November of 2014, Moody's Investors Service ranked Raleigh as 1 of 34 'Successful US Cities' that weathered the Great Recession by demonstrating "inherent economic strength and effective financial management".
Responsible Consistency: The City of Raleigh incurs debt when it issues bonds to build capital improvement projects like roads, parks and sewers. Raleigh's debt ratio (ratio of overall debt to overall budget) has not changed in over ten years.
Service Improvements Funded by Service Users: Most of the City's debt is associated with capital improvements to enterprise fund services such as water and sewer utilities and solid waste services. It is important to note that enterprise fund debt is repaid from business related charges and not from general revenues such as property taxes.
Foresight: In addition to maintaining a conservative debt ratio, Council maintains a conservative reserve 'savings' account of at least 14% of each year's revenues.
2014 Citizen's Annual Financial Report