Moody’s cuts Coast city’s credit rating, cites cash reserves
by Associated Press
Published: February 25,2013
GULFPORT — A credit agency has cut Gulfport’s rating by a notch.
Moody’s Investors Service says the city’s cash reserves are suffering because of hurricane recovery projects the city hasn’t collected federal money for and because sales tax collections are lagging.
John Kelly, Gulfport’s chief administrative officer, tells the Sun Herald the lower rating means the city could pay more if it wants to borrow money. But the city doesn’t currently have any borrowing plans.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency owes Gulfport $15 million for projects completed to help the city recover from 2005′s Hurricane Katrina.
Kelly says $7 million of that amount is “in the pipeline” and could arrive soon.
Sales tax collections, which make up 40 percent of the revenue of Mississippi’s second-largest city have also fallen.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Still planning that summer vacation?
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Prescription for success — Transcript Pharmacy continues fast growth
- Study: Mississippi has highest sales tax rate in U.S.
- MSU researchers develop timber-management software
- Panther Creek megasite — Putting a value proposition out there
- New law on taxing methods hailed as big win for businesses
- Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years
- BBB issues warning involving asphalt paving scam
- Panther Creek's location in medical industry zone boosts bio-med prospects
- Running luxury car dealerships, like Mercedes of Jackson, comes naturally to Trudy Higginbotham Moody
- Baker Donelson's David A. Rueff Jr. co-authors guide