Guidance Line Of Credit And Master Installment Purchase Agreement For Enterprise Funds

A Guidance Line of Credit and a Master Installment Purchase Agreement can simplify and expedite the acquisition of capital assets for your municipality.

What Is A Guidance Line of Credit?

A Guidance Line of Credit is a pre-approved credit approval from a lender, for a municipality’s capital projects for a period of time, which is typically twelve months. First, each department head submits its funding request to the chief administrator for approval. Next, the lender and the administrator review the expected borrowing needs to determine the size of the guidance line. Finally, a contingency is added to cover unexpected capital expenditures that may arise throughout the year.

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Funding Requests Are Submitted For Approval

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Lessor and Administrator Review Submissions

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Contingency Is Added To Budget

Project List

Asset Description
Asset Class
Financing Term
Cost
Water Meters
Equipment
10 Years
$4,000,000
Pipelines
Infrastructure
15 Years
$5,000,000
Administrative Facility
Facility
20 Years
$7,000,000
Contingency
 
 
$4,000,000
Total
 
 
$20,000,000

Master INSTALLMENT Purchase Agreement

The Master Installment Purchase Agreement (MIPA) outlines the terms and conditions between the municipality and the lender, which includes insurance, debt service requirements, asset maintenance, purchase option, etc. Next the MIPA is submitted to the governing body for approval. Once approved, the municipality can commence drawdown request throughout
the year to acquire a wide variety of assets. Since the MIPA was pre-approved by legal, the municipality can respond more quickly and efficiently to department funding request, which saves money.

Guidance Line of Credit and Master Installment Purchase Agreement Process Flow

Guidance Line Drawdown

Each drawdown is treated as a separate transaction under the MIPA, with a distinct payment schedule, interest rate, and funding date. The interest rate will be established at the time of funding. Upon receiving and approving the municipality’s drawdown request, the lender funds the project escrow account, which is also managed by the lender. Once the asset is delivered to and accepted by the municipality, the vendor submits an invoice to the municipality for approval, which are then forwarded onto the escrow agent/lender for payment from the project fund. The entire process takes a few days instead of months.

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Benefits

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Pre-Credit Approval
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Shorten Asset Acquisition Timeline
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Fund Small and Large Transactions
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Flexible Payment Schedules
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One-time Execution of Master Installment Purchase Agreement
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Reduce Ongoing Legal Expenses
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Separate Billing for Each Payment Schedule
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Competitive Rates
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Escrow Funding

In conclusion, a Guidance Line of Credit and a Master Installment Purchase Agreement are valuable tools to conveniently and effectively fund your equipment, infrastructure, energy, and facility projects. It allows you to organize your project financings under a single program to reduce paperwork, improve productivity, and lower cost.

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Lance S. Holman

President, CEO
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