Debt Obligations

Understanding the City 's Finances

The Debt Obligations Transparency page provides a broad understanding of the city's finances and debt. Various types of long-term debt have been issued by the city for acquisition and construction of major capital facilities and equipment, and this page helps with understanding the nature of the debt.


This information is also required by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to qualify for the Comptroller's Transparency Stars program.


Bond Ratings

  • Standard and Poor's General Obligation Rating: AAA
  • Standard and Poor's Revenue Rating: AA+
  • Moody's General Obligation Rating: Aaa
  • Moody’s Revenue Rating: Aa2


Types of Debt

General Obligation Bonds are issued pursuant to voter authorization for infrastructure and facility projects accounted for in a governmental capital project fund. General obligation bonds have also been issued in previous fiscal years to refund prior debt issues. General obligation bonds for refunding purposes do not need voter authorization. Bonds still outstanding may be called in whole or in part at the City’s option on or after ten years from the date of issuance.


Certificate of Obligation debt is similar to general obligation bonds in their usage and retirement but do not require voter authorization and are not used for refunding debt. Certificates still outstanding may be called in whole or in part at the City’s option on or after ten years from the date of issuance.

Contractual obligations have been issued in prior years to acquire equipment and will also be repaid from ad valorem property taxes.


Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds are issued to provide funds for certain improvements to the water distribution and wastewater collection systems as well as to refund prior water and sewer debt issues. These bonds are reported in the Water and Sewer fund as the debt will be repaid from revenues of this enterprise fund operation. Bonds still outstanding may be called in whole or in part at the City’s option on or after ten years from the date of issuance.


Sales Tax Revenue Bonds are special corporation obligations payable from and secured by a lien on the proceeds of the ¼- and ½-cent sales and use taxes levied within the city for the benefit of the respective component unit corporation.


Tax Notes are issued to fund permanent public improvements and are repaid from future city tax revenues. The bond payments are reported in the Debt Service Fund and roll up into governmental activities.


Financial Information

City of McKinney - DebtFiscal Year 2017Per Capita
General Obligation Bonds$202,318,8421,201.72
Certificate of Obligation Bonds    43,080,000  255.88
Tax Notes      2,505,000  14.88
Water & Wastewater Bonds 114,746,639  681.56
Total Debt per Audited Financial Statements$362,650,4812,154.04


Component Units -  Debt 

MEDC - Sales Tax Revenue Bonds$10,635,00063.17
MCDC - Sales Tax Revenue Bonds 22,355,000132.78
Total Debt per Audited Financial Statements$ 32,990,000  195.95

Note: Per Capita figures are based on the City's 2017 estimated population of 168,358


Outstanding Debt
Inflation Adjusted Tax Supported Debt Per Capita
MEDC Sales Tax Revenue Bonds
MCDC Salex Tax Revenue Bonds

HB 1378: Debt Obligation Reporting 

The 84th Legislature passed HB 1378 to increase the transparency of local government debt. Under local political subdivisions, including counties, cities, school districts, junior college districts, special purpose districts, and other subdivisions of state government must annually compile their debt obligation data from the preceding fiscal year.


Municipal Advisor Certificate

The City has an Independent Registered Municipal Advisor Certificate on file in compliance with the SEC Municipal Advisor Rule.


Texas Comptroller Debt at a Glance