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26.     (Computation of a governmental entity's debt and debt service burdens)

The following data is extracted from the general and debt service columns of the Town of Gold Hill's governmental funds statement of revenues, expenditures, and changes in fund balances for the year ended December 31, 2008. (Interfund transfers were eliminated in aggregating data.)

Total revenues


$210.5 million


Public safety


45.3 million

Public health


22.3 million

Economic assistance


80.4 million

All other expenditures


50.7 million

Debt principal


6.2 million

Interest on debt


4.8 million

Total expenditures


209.7 million



Excess of revenues over expenditures


.8 million

The governmental activities column of the Town of Gold Hill's statement of net assets shows general obligation bonds payable of $96.9 million. The statistical tables in the Town's comprehensive annual financial report shows that its population is 230,600 and that the full value of its taxable real property for 2008 is $6,737 million.

          a.     Compute the Town of Gold Hill's debt service burden.
          b.     Compute the Town of Gold Hill's debt burden, using per capita debt and debt as a percentage of the full value of taxable real property.
          c.     Assess these burdens in light of the following data for a reference group of municipalities within the same state as the Town of Gold Hill: debt service burden - 4.6%; debt per capita - $370; debt as a percent of full value of taxable real property - 1.02%.

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