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Environmental Loans Interest rates

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) has set the market rate at 3.400% for loans with municipal meetings on or after October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. This leaves the market rate unchanged from the current market rate of 3.400%.

On a quarterly basis, the DOA assesses the market rate on which the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) and the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) subsidies are based. The market rate in effect at the time of the municipal bond meeting (at which the Financial Assistance Agreement (FAA) is signed/executed) is the rate applied to the loan.

Tips from DOA:

LOAN INTEREST RATE DETERMINATION PERCENT OF MARKET RATE INTEREST RATE
CWFP
For the portion of eligible projects for receiving and storing septage, and capacity for treating septage; as well as for mercury remediation at wastewater treatment facilities.
0% 0%
CWFP
For eligible projects of extremely disadvantaged municipalities meeting the following financial need criteria:
  • < 1,000 population; and
  • ≤ 65% of Wisconsin Median Household Income (MHI).
0% 0%
CWFP and SDWLP
For eligible projects of disadvantaged municipalities meeting the following financial need criteria:
  • < 10,000 population; and
  • ≤ 80% of Wisconsin Median Household Income (MHI).
33% 1.122%
CWFP and SDWLP
For eligible projects of municipalities not meeting the financial need criteria.
55% 1.870%
MARKET RATE (effective 10/01/2018 - 12/31/2018) 100% 3.400%

Loans at or below a competitive market rate

Program subsidy reduces the market rate - it's equivalent to a grant from the state. The Environmental Loans programs provide subsidized loans to municipalities for publicly-owned drinking water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure projects. Some municipalities may also be eligible for additional subsidy (principal forgiveness) to reduce the size of a loan.

Loan interest rates

For loans closing during the quarter of October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the loan interest rate will be determined based on the market rate of 3.400%:

  • Eligible CWFP pilot projects may be awarded loans with an interest rate as low as 0%.

  • The portion of eligible CWFP projects for receiving and storing septage, and capacity for treating septage will receive an interest rate of 0%.

  • CWFP loans, provided at zero percent of the market rate, will be awarded with an interest rate of 0%.

  • CWFP and SDWLP loans, provided at thirty-three percent of the market rate, will be awarded with an interest rate of 1.122%.

  • CWFP and SDWLP loans, provided at fifty-five percent of the market rate, will be awarded with an interest rate of 1.870%.
Last revised: Friday September 07 2018