Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Joplin R-8 Board considering taking on more long term debt
CFO Paul Barr told the board Tuesday night, that it is likely the board will either need to look at what funds are available or take on five to seven years of long term financing to pay off the Bank of America loan.
The district owed $15,023,120 on the loan as of September 1, Barr said.
Of that amount, $1,008,596 will be covered by an EDA equipment grant, $8,600,590 by FEMA reimbursements, and $3,115,000 by SEMA reimbursements.
The FEMA and SEMA reimbursements cause the problems, Barr said, noting that none of the FEMA projects are the ones that are listed under "errors and omissions," or projects that were done that were not under the original plan approved by the federal agency.
Barr said he expected some of the FEMA project reimbursements to arrive by the current due date, but not all of them. None of the SEMA money will be here, since SEMA does not pay its 10 percent match on the FEMA funds, until all FEMA reimbursements have been made, including the errors and omissions.
Barr suggested that the board look at the financing at ifs February 2017 meeting, working with its financial advisor, George K. Baum, and seek to work out flexible financing, which would allow the district to repay on favorable terms if the money arrives earlier than anticipated.