RED BANK: MOODY’S LIFTS NEGATIVE OUTLOOK

By JOHN T. WARD

Nearly a year after Moody’s went negative on Red Bank, the Wall Street debt rater has reversed course, borough officials said.

The credit research firm told town officials by email Friday morning that it has affirmed the town’s debt Aa3 rating and removed the “negative outlook” imposed last November over concerns about a shrinking surplus, said Councilman Mike DuPont, who heads up the governing body’s finance committee.

“There’s no Moody blues today,” DuPont told redbankgreen

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MOODY’S GOES NEGATIVE ON RED BANK DEBT

just_in1By JOHN T. WARD

Wall Street debt-rating agency Moody’s has raised concerns about Red Bank’s $25.2 million worth of general-obligation bonds.

In a announcement posted on its website late last Friday, Moody’s affirmed its prior Aa3 rating on the debt, but revised its outlook to “negative,” citing a drop in the town’s current-fund balance to 2.14 percent of revenue in 2010, from 9.14 percent in 2007.

The agency indicated that a downgrade of the debt could follow if “recent fiscal strain” continues.

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