CHICAGO — The near-collapse of a Cleveland-based private university could threaten the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s future bond-issuing ability, Fitch Ratings analysts warned last week.

The debt-ridden Myers University, a private, nonprofit university located in downtown Cleveland that almost closed its doors last month, is in danger of defaulting on a $5.72 million loan made by the Port Authority in 2004. The loan was financed through the authority’s sale of tax-exempt revenue bonds, said the authority’s chief financial officer Brent Leslie.

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