January 16, 2014
Voted General Obligation Bonds: A Guide for Washington Cities
General Obligation Bonds. Washington cities may issue general obligation bonds under state law, including:
- Councilmanic or limited tax general obligation bonds (“LTGO” bonds), issued within a city’s nonvoted debt capacity. LTGO bonds are paid from regular property taxes and other available city funds.
- Voter-approved unlimited tax general obligation bonds (“UTGO” bonds), issued within a city’s voted debt capacity. UTGO bonds are paid from voter-approved “excess levies”, outside the constitutional and statutory limitations that apply to regular property taxes.