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April 20, 2020

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Are local governments ready for the storm clouds brewing? At least they have time to plan.

Article provides overview of potential impacts of COVID-19 on Indiana property tax collections and disbursements, and highlights certain units of government and how they are prepared.  The Indiana Bond Bank Advance Funding Program is highlighted as a short-term borrowing option for units who will experience a cash-flow deficit as a result.

April 2, 2020

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Treasurer Mitchell Announces Indiana Bond Bank 2020 Midyear Advance Application Rounds to Help Local Governments during COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2020) –State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Bond Bank are pleased to announce the 2020 Midyear Advance Funding Program for local units of government across the state.

The Midyear Program assists local units of government with cash flow needs due to a mismatch in timing between budgeted revenues and expenses. While the Indiana Bond Bank offers this program annually, it is scaling up the program to meet potential needs of Hoosier cities, townships, towns, counties, library corporations, school corporations and special taxing districts due to COVID-19.

"As a former Cass County Commissioner, I understand the financial demands our communities are facing," said Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, chair of the Indiana Bond Bank Board. "We hope this program can assist local governments as they strive to continue providing the same level of excellence to their constituents during this uncertain time."

The 2020 Midyear Program offers the time-tested benefits that have made it a go-to resource for Hoosier governmental units for over 30 years: hands-on customer service, experienced professional team, zero out-of-pocket costs and efficient market access through pooling.

In addition, the Indiana Bond Bank has added new features in response to COVID-19. Most significant is the creation of multiple funding rounds throughout the calendar. “One size does not fit all in this environment,” stated Mark Wuellner, Executive Director of the Indiana Bond Bank. “Each local unit is uniquely situated in how COVID-19 might affect them. The answers to if, when, or for how long a unit may need funds will differ. That’s why it was so critical to create multiple options to access the Midyear resource.” 

Since its inception in 1989, the Advance Refunding Program has served over 250 units and has issued over $13.4 billion to Hoosier units of government.

To learn more about the program or to apply for financing, please visit https://inbondbank.com/advance-funding-program/ or email at midyear@inbondbank.com

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Media Contact:
Brian Carman, Program Development Director
Indiana Bond Bank
(317) 233-0090 or bcarman@inbondbank.com

March 19, 2020

News
Message from IBB Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

To all our friends and partners,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and well.  The human spirit is resilient, and we will collectively get through these uncertain times.  While the computer and technology are blessings that make remote work possible for many, they are also stark reminders of how much the spaces of local government are the heartbeat of our daily lives.  I already miss the touch of a book’s spine as I pull it off the shelf.  The sound of my children’s shouts mingled with others’ at our town playground.  A handshake at the start of a meeting.  Dropping the water bill off at the local utility office and sharing a smile with a familiar face inside.  The blur of unmistakable ‘school bus yellow’ through our front window.

All this week there’s been a tune floating around my head to a song whose name I can’t remember that says you don’t really know what you’ve got till it’s gone.  How true has that been about local government and its critical roles in our lives.  All of these local government puzzle pieces fit together perfectly to create a picture of Hoosier quality of life; now so many of those pieces are back in the box, scattered and on pause till a brighter day.  

And brighter days will come.  Until then, as we navigate this unknown, know that Team IBB is here for you.  We’ve stood side by side with local governments since 1984.   How many of you remember those years in the mid-2000’s when it looked like your cash flows would be choked off due to significant delays in reassessments?  Remember who jumped in to provide liquidity, some years in excess of $1 billion?   We stood by you then, and we’re standing by you again.

Today, tomorrow and in the future – if you have a question or need anything, please reach out to me or any member of our team.  Our normal programs are still operating at 100%.  In the meantime we are working on solutions specific to needs of local governments caused by COVID-19, and I hope to have more to share soon. 

On behalf of the Bond Bank team, stay well-

Mark Wuellner

Executive Director

January 2, 2020

Press Release
Indiana Bond Bank Finances $64M in Clay Township Parks & Fire Station Improvements

INDIANAPOLIS (January 2, 2020) –Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Bond Bank are pleased to announce they have closed on $64M in financing with Clay Township in Hamilton County.  Thanks to the structure of the transaction, taxpayers will see no change in their taxes as a result of these projects.

Issuing through the Indiana Bond Bank allowed Clay Township to do something it could not on its own - pool its multiple projects into one bond issue, thus creating economies of scale. This simplifies the financing from an investor’s perspective, which may expand the universe of investor interest. It also allows the Township to offer larger maturity blocks which generally come at a lesser yield relative to smaller maturities.

As Mark Wuellner, Executive Director of the Indiana Bond Bank, observed, these economies of scale likely translated into significant savings for Clay Township on interest payments. “Clay Township is saving approximately $2.7M in debt service by issuing through the Indiana Bond Bank, according to underwriter estimates,” noted Wuellner.  “We are proud to support Clay Township’s comprehensive vision for vibrant quality of place through strong public safety and parks.”

The $64M in bonds will be used for improvements on fifteen different projects in the township, divided between the Township park system and fire stations. For a full list of projects, click here

"The Clay Township parks are some of the best in the country, and they are amenities not only for our residents, but also attractions for visitors from across the U.S.,” noted Doug Callahan, Clay Township Trustee. “This Indiana Bond Bank financing ensures our legacy continues, by funding improvements to walking trails, WiFi, restrooms, parking lots and park entrances.”

In addition to improvements at 7 parks, the Township will construct a new children’s pavilion at Coxhall Gardens and a new multi-use indoor fieldhouse at the Mark Badger Memorial Park.

“Our second major initiative of this program is to improve safety of Township residents by investing in our fire stations and apparatus,” commented Callahan.

Specific fire safety improvements include the expansion of the existing fiber optics ring within the Township for faster, more reliable communications between schools and the Carmel Clay Fire Department.  Five fire stations will also see various interior and exterior facility renovations and equipment upgrades.

The bonds were priced on November 6th and closed on November 26th. Baird Public Finance served as underwriter, Barnes & Thornburg as bond counsel & London Witte Group as the Bond Bank municipal advisor. 

More information on the Indiana Bond Bank’s programs and services at www.inbondbank.com and www.ibbinvestors.com. For more information on the Clay Township Impact Program visit http://claytownshipimpact.com.

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Media Contact:
Brian Carman, Program Development Director
Indiana Bond Bank
(317) 233-0090 or bcarman@inbondbank.com

November 25, 2019

Press Release
Indiana Bond Bank Bond Refinancing Saves Taxpayers of 5 Indiana communities over $3,000,000

INDIANAPOLIS (November 25, 2019) –The Indiana Bond Bank is pleased to announce it has refinanced the municipal water and sewer bonds originally issued in the years 2006 or 2009 for the City of Anderson (sewage), the City of Butler (water), the City of Lawrence (sewage), the City of Mitchell (water) and the City of South Bend (water). 

This refunding reduces total debt service on these bonds by over $3,000,000.  The 5 participating entities will save between $30,000 and $1,105,000 (or 6% to 23% of their original payment amounts), depending on the size of their initial bonds and how the community chose to apply savings.  Communities paid no out-of-pocket costs to participate in the refinancing.

“We believe in managing our budget the same as our residents manage their household budgets.  And just like many homeowners are refinancing their mortgages in this low interest rate environment, we had the opportunity to do the same, saving taxpayers nearly $800,000 in interest payments”, said City of Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier.

Kelly Mitchell, Treasurer of the State of Indiana and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Bond Bank, said “Every dollar in interest saved through this Indiana Bond Bank refinancing is one more dollar that our participating communities can reinvest toward local quality of life initiatives.”

Communities increased their savings by refinancing together through the Indiana Bond Bank.  “By pooling, our 5 communities enjoyed a streamlined process using standardized documents and a shared team of professionals,” explained Mark Wuellner, Executive Director of the Indiana Bond Bank.  Added Angela Eck, Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Butler stated: “For us, the collaboration between Butler and the Indiana Bond Bank teams represents the best in how government is supposed to work for its citizens”. 

Interest rates for the 2019 Refunding Bonds were set at a sale to investors on October 1, 2019.  The transaction closed on November 5, 2019.  The financing team included Raymond James as underwriter, Barnes & Thornburg as bond counsel and Crowe LLP as municipal advisor.

More information on the Indiana Bond Bank’s programs and services at www.inbondbank.com and www.ibbinvestors.com.

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Media Contact:
Brian Carman, Program Development Director
Indiana Bond Bank
(317) 233-0090 or bcarman@inbondbank.com

March 25, 2019

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Indiana Bond Bank Replenishes State’s Common School Fund by over $85 Million

The roots of the Common School Fund (CSF) go back to the State’s beginnings.  As Treasurer Kelly Mitchell said, “Our founders recognized in the State’s Constitution that ‘knowledge and learning…[are] essential to the preservation of a free government’.  The Common School Fund exists to realize that vision by ensuring schools have access to low-interest loans with which to create a structured and safe learning environment”.

School corporations apply directly to the State Department of Education (DOE) for school building construction and education technology program loans, which DOE recommends approval of loans to the State Board of Education.  Indiana Bond Bank’s role is behind the scenes, ensuring the CSF fund balance remains adequate to serve schools’ future needs and demands.

“Providing support to improve such key components as technology and safety within our schools is vital to the success of any district,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The $85 million being made available will go a long distance in serving the needs of school corporations across the state.”

Indiana Bond Bank Executive Director Mark Wuellner noted that “Making available over $85 million to Indiana’s public schools is one of the most satisfying accomplishments during my tenure.  By ensuring an ample source of low-interest funding for construction, technology and safety needs, Indiana schools can remain laser-focused on what they do best – educating Indiana’s next generation.”

For more information about the operation of CSF, or regarding applying for a CSF loan, please email CommonSchoolFund@doe.in.gov.

For more information on the Indiana Bond Bank bond issuance to replenish the CSF, please click here for the roadshow video that accompanied offering.