What is a ‘General Obligation Bond – GO’
A general obligation bond (GO) is a municipal bond backed by the credit and taxing power of the issuing jurisdiction rather than the revenue from a given project. General obligation bonds are issued with the belief that a municipality will be able to repay its debt obligation through taxation or revenue from projects. No assets are used as collateral.
Explaining ‘General Obligation Bond – GO’
A general obligation bond is secured by an issuing government’s pledge to use all available resources – even tax revenues – to repay holders of the bond.
Types of General Obligation Pledges
State law sets the grounds on which local governments can provide and issue general obligation bonds. A general obligation bond may either be a limited-tax general obligation pledge or an unlimited-tax general obligation pledge.
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