Cities may apply to have a debt limit established. The LGC recommends a city have an established debt limit to avoid the requirement for approval of every borrowing it undertakes. A city’s debt limit is determined by their own source revenues from the previous year.
Newly updated legislation allows for municipalities other than cities to apply to the LGC to establish a debt limit that exceeds their own source revenues from the previous year. Municipalities interested in establishing a debt limit should consult with the LGC to determine the anticipated benefits.
Establishing a debt limit will allow a municipality to borrow money for a term of over three years without approval from the LGC. However, if the municipality would like to borrow or guarantee money in excess of its debt limit, approval would be required for the additional amount.