RISK MANAGEMENT LETTER OF CREDIT/LIMITED GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND
Non-Binding City Policy
The Council finds:
The City of Portland has an exposure to catastrophic loss that has
traditionally been covered by a commercial insurance policy. In 1986, the
Bureau of Risk Management determined that this coverage was not available to
Risk Management, the Office of Fiscal Administration, and Government
Finance Associates, in conjunction with the City Attorney's Office and the
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, defined and analyzed a variety of options
to finance potential catastrophic losses in the absence of insurance
A financial mechanism was selected, submitted as Senate Bill 748 in the
64th Oregon Legislative Assembly in 1987, and passed into law that year as an
amendment to ORS 287 (Exhibit A).
The new law enables the City to purchase a letter of credit in advance of
a catastrophic loss in order to have access to immediate funding on
pre-negotiated terms. Funding from the letter of credit could only be obtained
should a catastrophic event actually occur. The law also enables the City to
issue a limited tax general obligation bond to order to replace the funding
from the letter of credit with a lower interest rate and a longer amortization
The law also requires that a policy be adopted by the governing body as a
pre-condition to using the financial instruments.
Risk Management and Fiscal Administration have developed a policy
(Exhibit B) that responds to the needs of the City and to the requirements of
the new legislation.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:
Ordinance No. 160699 passed by Council April 27, 1988 and effective May 27,
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 30, 2004.