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Moody’s, Fitch, Standard and Poor’s rate Buffalo highly

Three credit rating agencies affirmed the City of Buffalo’s A-level ratings as the city prepares to refinance old debt.

The city received an “A1” rating with Moody’s Investor Services, an “A+” from Fitch and an “A” from Standard and Poor’s, ratings that are expected to allow the city to borrow at lower interest rates.

The city expects to save $500,000 by refunding bonds that were sold to pay for school reconstruction.

The city also received a rating of MIG1 from Moody’s for $17.8 million in bond anticipation notes, which are used to cover capital expenses until bonds are sold. The rating is the highest Moody’s assigns for that type of debt.