Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned its 'A+' long-term rating and stable outlook to Monroe, La.'s series 2011A sales tax refunding bonds and affirmed its 'A+' underlying rating (SPUR), with a stable outlook, on the city's existing sales tax debt. The rating reflects our view of the city's: Role as a regional service and retail center for northeastern Louisiana; Continued strong debt service coverage (DSC) despite the issuance of additional debt; and Good legal provisions, highlighted by a two-year historical additional bonds test that requires 1.35x future maximum annual debt service (MADS) coverage. We believe somewhat offsetting rating factors include the city's: Low income, and Moderate concentration in the leading sales tax generators. Revenue from an electorate-authorized, dedicated one-cent sales...
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Action: New Rating
Action: Outlook: Stable
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