That’s what McAlester City Manager Pete Stasiak said after the council approved a resolution to refinance an existing bond, saving the City some $7.5 million.
The McAlester City Council met in council chambers Tuesday night for their regular meeting at McAlester City Hall.
The councilors voted unanimously to approve a resolution to refinance the City’s existing 1999A Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bond.
Jon Wolff, of Municipal Finance Services Inc. of Edmond and attorney Allan Brooks, of the Public Finance Law Group in Oklahoma City, were back again this week and presented an offer the council apparently could not refuse.
This is the second appearance before the council for Wolff and Brooks.
During their first, at the last council meeting, Wolff told the council that they were hoping to get a 4 percent interest rate, which could amount to more than $7 million in savings.
Also at the last meeting which was attended by three councilmen and garnered a quorum with Mayor Steve Harrison. Brooks said he wanted assurance that all councilors would be present because before the measure could only be refinanced with a “super majority” consisting of at least six votes from the council is required by state law.
This week with all the councilors at thier posts, Wolff said the Bank of America offered a 3.8 percent interest rate, a savings of “just under a hair of 7.5 million.”
Because of the refinancing the City increased the savings level over the life of the loan, Wolff said.
“We’ve increased the savings level $1.5 million,” he said.
The approval of the refinance follows a vote of the citizens of McAlester.
In November, City voters cast ballots on two measures during a Special Election for the city of McAlester.
The first, called Proposition No. 1 was approved by voters. The proposition asked voters to approve a $40 million package to refinance the McAlester Public Works Authority’s 1999A Revenue Bonds.
The second, Proposition 2, was voted down by the voters.
The proposition, if approved, would have allowed the authority to levy a one-cent sales tax, to supersede a current tax.
Since the second measure failed, the city could only utilize the first one, which dealt with refinancing the bond in question.
The money which will be saved in interest rates could not be used for anything except for paying down the existing bond, according to Wolff.
With the passing of the resolution, Stasiak said he was pleased.
“Merry Christmas to us,” he said.
Also present at Tuesdays meeting was Ward 1 Councilor Weldon Smith, Ward 2 councilor John Titsworth, Ward 3 Councilor Travis Reed, Ward 4 Councilor Robert Karr, Ward 5 Councilor Buddy Garvin, Ward 6 Councilor Sam Mason and City Attorney Joe Ervin.
The council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in council chambers at McAlester City Hall.
Senior Editor James Beaty also contributed to this report.
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pittsburg County Couthouse is closing at 3 p.m. today, and will be closed Friday, according to District 3 Commissioner Gene Rogers.
DOC employee gets 59 counts in prison drug smuggling case
An Oklahoma Department of Corrections employee was charged with 59 felony counts in a prison drug smuggling case.
Violent sex offender to be extradited
A sexually violent sex offender listed to the Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender List captured by Pittsburg County Sheriff’s office will be extradited back to Texas, officials say.
UPDATE! Church elder, 76, charged in 30 year old molestation case.
A church elder, 76, was charged Tuesday for allegedly molesting three children more than 30 years ago, according to McAlester Police Sergeant Detective Chris Morris.
UPDATE :Texas Most Wanted Sex offender captured by Pittsburg County Sheriffs Office
Monday night the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office caputured a sexually violent sex offender listed to the Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender List, officials say.
Man distract officers and robs gas station
A man who said he distracted police so he could rob a local gas station at knife point was arrested Friday morning, officials say.
OSBI seach for missing Blanchard man
Investigators are asking for help searching for a 30-year-old man last seen at a Eufaula motel in July, officials say.
Dep Chief Maisano receives top award from IOCP
McAlester native and Norman Police Deputy Chief Jim Maisano was in Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 22 to receive the J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety from the International Order of Chiefs of Police.
Crime and disturbance reports for Nov. and 9
The following reports were investigated by the McAlester Police Department on Nov. 8 and 9.
New felony cases
The following felony cases were filed Oct. 28 to Nov. 7 in Pittsburg County Court.
- More Police/Courts Headlines
- Courthouse closing