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COUNTY FINALIZES BOND SALE FOR NEW BENGALS STADIUM
Published May 22, 1998
Hamilton County officials sold $273M in bonds on Tuesday, the "final financing instruments for the Bengals' new stadium," according to Lucy May of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. The county received an "average" 5.16% interest rate on the bonds. Earlier this year, the county issued $71.6M in bonds at a 4.87% interest rate, and in all, the county has sold $344.6M in bonds to pay for the stadium. May wrote that is "considerably more" than the original estimate of $322.7M, but officials cite the rising land cost as one reason for the increase. The bonds will be paid off by a half-cent county sales tax increase (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/20). May reported yesterday that "even with the favorable interest rates," documents show that interest payments will total more than $353M over the 30-year debt. Combined interest for the $273M in bonds sold Tuesday and the $71.6M bond issue in January "brings the total cost of the project," including the stadium complex plus financing costs, to more than $753M. Hamilton County Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus "stressed" that the cost of the $400.3M football complex hasn't changed and said that county officials "plan to pay off the debt early" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/21).