MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Saying it’s a chance to take advantage of historically low interest rates, the Berkeley County Council
completed its third bond refunding of the year Wednesday.
Council President Doug Copenhaver said, “When interest rates began moving lower in May, the County jumped at the
opportunity to lock in lower rates.” He called the savings a truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Wednesday’s announcement followed a bond reissue totalling $18,390,000 related to the Judicial Complex.
County Administrator Alan Davis told the Panhandle News Network the reissuing of bonds stands to save taxpayers $2.6 million.
He said pay-off dates ‘had’ been 2033, 2034, and 2035. Those are all now due at the end of 2029, the earlier payoff translating to savings on interest rates.
Davis broke down the numbers in an email to PNN:
“The 2020C reissues totaling $18,390,000 were for the Judicial Center. These were the ones we closed on earlier today. The 2020B reissues in the amount of $2,320,000 was a refinancing 802 Emmett Rousch Drive (the Emergency Services/911 Center) and the $8.1 million 2020A bond issue represented $3.9 million for the reuse/renovation of 520 S. Raleigh Street for the BC Day Report Center and the refinancing of $4.2 million that had been used to purchase the 510/520 S. Raleigh Street (Kimco) property,” Davis said in an email.