Deal had added $10 million to the budget in 2015 to buy the land and $48.3 million last year to get the construction started. With the bond sale, the state will have borrowed more than $130 million to move Lanier Technical College from one end of the county to the other and create a new campus.
The state also resold some of its debt from earlier years at lower interest rates, saving almost $44 million in long-term payments.
Georgia is one of nine states with a AAA bond rating given to financially stable states by bond-rating agencies. That allows the state to borrow at relatively low rates.
Georgia has had that top bond rating for 20 years. The fact that the state continues to maintain the rating wasn’t a surprise, with the economy growing, state revenues increasing and a budget surplus expected again when the fiscal year ends June 30.