Inter-Fund Capital Outlay Note

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When the decision has been made to issue capital outlay notes, the county should further consider whether an inter-fund loan would be in the county’s best financial interest. An inter-fund loan is where one accounting fund, such as the General Fund, loans (via capital outlay note) monies for a project. The General Fund is repaid the money via the Debt Service Fund, or the operating fund that purchased the capital asset. The inter-fund loan is often used to save the county money by absorbing all debt issuance cost, and potentially saving the difference in the investment rate of return on the county money versus the interest rate charged to borrow the funds. The internal funding also can be the County Trustee purchasing the note as an investment.  Special accounting treatments must be considered to book the indebtedness.