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Funding Solutions for Municipal Lighting Projects


A well lit ball field

In difficult economic times, municipalities need creative and fiscally responsible ways to service their constituents. That's where Hubbell Lighting's Cash Flow Positive Program comes in.

Whether your project is a capital improvement, such as new ballfield lights, or an energy savings initiative, Hubbell Lighting offers innovative financing solutions to overcome challenging municipal budget constraints. The benefits speak for themselves.

Municipal Lease vs. Bonding

Compared to the stop-and-go, gridlock approach of public bonding, a municipal lease can be the expressway to getting your municipal lighting project going. To accurately evaluate the financial implications of a municipal lease vs. public bonding options consider these issues:

Municipal Lease Bond Financing
A lease is paid directly from your annual operating budget without the need for voter approval Bonds are new public funds that require referendum and voter approval
Favorable APR compared with true cost of bond issuance with time, soft costs and other variables Bond issuance takes time with higher soft costs
Simple, quick application process with minimal staff time, approval usually in 24-48 hours Slow process can take years, consuming resources and can adversely affect your borrowing rate
Flexible Terms
  • Lease matches the capital need without excess funding
  • Lease term matches useful life of the asset
  • Early buyout option available
  • Annual renewal option protects operating budget if funds are not appropriated
Rigid Terms
  • Bonds usually do not match capital needs
  • Payment terms often exceed useful life of the project
  • Risk of call provisions with prepayment penalties
  • Commits city to long-term fixed payments despite economic downturns
No additional fees or public reporting requirements Bond costs continue even after bonds are sold (trustee fees, compliance reports, footnote disclosure, audit fees, periodic rating agency fees)
Most effective for smaller projects lasting less than 10 years Preferred method of financing for very large, long-term projects
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