Town officials announced July 1 that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded Gilbert to a AAA rating, joining Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Ratings.
“S&P has traditionally been the hardest of the three top-tier rating agencies to secure that AAA,” said Hakon Johanson, Gilbert's finance and management services director. “That’s reflected in the United States federal government only has a AA+ from S&P right now. We take some pride in being rated higher than the federal government.”
Gilbert had a recent site visit from an S&P team as part of its ratings review, which gave the town a chance to showcase its economic strength, as well as go through the town’s key indicators and financial policies, Johanson said.
The rating will allow Gilbert to pay lower interest rates when it issues bonds for various projects and thus save taxpayers money, Johanson said.
“We're trying to make these wise financial decisions that are going to save millions of dollars in taxpayer revenue and taxpayer funds because we're able to borrow at the lowest possible rates,” Johanson said. “[We can put] those funds that the voters approve into the projects rather than going to banks or other lending institutions.”