DALLAS — Texas' least-populous county, but certainly not its poorest, is preparing to float $3.4 million of tax-supported notes to provide a local source of water for its 82 residents.

After this week's deal, the debt load for each of Loving County's residents will amount to what Standard & Poor's calls "an incredible $332,695." That's nearly 63 times the per-capita debt load in Harris County, the state's most populous county.

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