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Henry County Public Service Authority meets annual investment requirements

HENRY COUNTY, VA – The Henry County Public Service Authority says it has met all of its annual investment requirements stipulated by the 1991 Master Trust Agreement between the PSA and Crestar Bank.

Kevin Heath, an engineering consultant from the Lane Group, certified during the board of director’s June meeting that the PSA was in full compliance with the expectations of the original agreement, which was entered into in conjunction with the issuance of bonds amounting to $47.9 million.

A master trust agreement is a contract between two or more entities where each entity agrees to invest a certain amount of money into a fund that collectively manages pooled investments, according to a PSA press release.

Heath found that the PSA’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2023 exceeded the prior year’s direct operating expenses by 5.7 percent.

Additionally, the PSA exceeded the minimum replacement reserve fund by nearly $200,000, the release stated.

The PSA says it has not had a water or sewer rate increase since 2013.

Production volumes have remained relatively stable over the last five years that it is expected that revenues will outpace expenses in the current fiscal year by $488,181, according the release.

According to the master trust agreement, the PSA must maintain a debt service ratio in excess of 1.2.

The current debt service ratio of the PSA is 1.695.

The PSA is also required to maintain two months or $1.59 million of direct operating expenses in its reserves.

An operating reserve fund established by the PSA in 2004 currently sits at $1.69 million which covers the two-month requirement.

In other matters, the Board:

  • Approved the write-off of uncollectible utility billing accounts for 2022 estimated at approximately $42,800

  • Received monthly reports on finance, construction, engineering, safety, and treatment and regulatory compliance.

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