Cheap State Bonds

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia has secured historic low interest rates
on the sale of new state bonds.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said the cheap rates saved the state $35
million for fiscal year 2010, which began in July.

That's good news for the state, which is struggling with sagging tax collections thanks to the recession.

Georgia successfully sold some $794 million in general obligation bonds to fund new schools, public safety projects, road projects and other crucial infrastructure.

The state was able to lock in a rate of 1.49 percent the lowest rate in state history for five-year bonds and 2.99 percent for the 20-year bonds.

That's also a record low rate.

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