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Travis County Debt   Financial Reporting

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Debt Obligations
Understanding County Finances


The Debt Obligations Transparency page provides a broad understanding of the County’s debt. Various types of long-term debt have been issued by the county and its blended component unit, Travis County Bee Cave Road District No. 1, for acquisition and construction of major capital projects, and this page helps with understanding the nature of the debt. The County Commissioners are responsible for setting the County’s property tax rates, which are levied for maintenance and operation and debt service requirements related to General Obligation Bonds, Certificates of Obligation, and Refunding Bonds. Neither Travis County nor road district has ever defaulted on the payment of principal or interest on its bonds or certificates of obligation.


Travis County Bond Ratings

Bond rating agencies are companies that assess the creditworthiness of both debt securities and their issuers. Credit rating agencies publish the ratings used by investment professionals to assess the likelihood that the debt will be repaid. Each bond rating agency uses a unique letter-based rating system to quickly convey to investors whether a bond carries a low or high default risk and whether the issuer is financially stable. Standard and Poor's highest rating is AAA and Moody’s highest rating is Aaa.


Rating AgencyBond RatingReport
Moody's Investor ServiceAaa  Credit Opinion
S&P GlobalAAA  Credit Opinion


Travis County Debt

As of:  09/30/2019
FYPrincipal BalanceDeferred AmountCapital LeaseTotal Outstanding DebtPer Capita
2019$1,077,075,000$90,572,931$3,670,569$1,171,318,500$898
2018$716,671,311$37,149,023$157,826$753,978,160$592
2017$696,569,742$42,671,222$311,817$739,552,781$595
2016$720,509,155$45,872,236$0$766,381,391$634
2015$708,297,609$32,031,403$458,142$740,787,154$632

County Debt Obligations by Issuance
Principal Balance by Type and Fiscal Year

The chart and corresponding table below outline Travis County Debt Obligations by fiscal year including both tax supported and revenue supported bonds. The totals reflect the balance as of the close of each fiscal year. Increases from year to year indicate that new debt was issued, either from a bond election or certificates of obligations authorized by the County Courts. Decreases in debt are indicative of debt service payments or bond refundings. Users can interact with the chart and corresponding table. Filter data in the table by selecting any year in the chart.

Debt Obligations by Issuance
Underlying Data

Debt TypeDebt CategoryTaxableIssueOriginal BalancePrincipal BalanceBalance as of DateMore

Inflation Adjusted Debt

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure that examines the weighted average of prices from one year to the next. Changes in the CPI are used to assess price changes associated with the cost of living. By assigning the current fiscal year as the base year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated the associated multiplication factor needed to compare the rate of inflation from one year to the next. Additionally, the Per Capita value displays the average debt burden for the population within the county.


Inflation Adjusted Debt Per Capita by Fiscal Year

Selecting years on the chart will filter the data in the table accordingly.

Inflation Adjusted Debt Per Capita
Underlying Data

Fiscal YearTotal Outstanding DebtCPI MultiplierPopulationInflation Adjusted Per Capita

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Cameron Van noy
Manager - Financial Reporting