CITY OF EL PASO: $18 Million Surplus Estimated for Ballpark Financing

City of El Paso issued the following announcement on Feb. 6.

Interim Director of Municipal Finance Robert Cortinas presented a report on the The City of El Paso Downtown Development Corporation debt-financing model showing a significant improvement in the City’s surplus growing from $1 million to $18 million over the original 2014 projections.

“The debt refinancing in 2016 has done better than expected,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “Not only are we saving $10.9 million with the refinancing, but it is also projected surplus revenues will be available two years earlier than projected.”

In addition, the voter-approved 2% hotel occupancy tax (HOT) revenues continue to perform positively with a projected increase of $6.1 million over the original estimate.

“We have been able to take advantage of market conditions to save taxpayers a great deal of money,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “The estimated net surplus in 2014 was $1 million. The net surplus is now estimated at $18 million. This is an increase of $17 million, which is excellent news for the community.”

Surplus revenues projected to start two years earlier will go toward the repayment of any general fund contributions and maintaining the ballpark.

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