Boulder County enjoys a loftier rating on its open space bonds after Standard & Poor’s raised the debt from AA-minus to AA. The upgrade came with a $40 million issue last month that priced before the credit market went into deep freeze.

The scenic and affluent county northwest of Denver has $226 million of open space bonds outstanding with additional authorization for $20.6 million. The debt, used to purchase and preserve undeveloped land, are secured by a 0.10% sales and use tax approved by voters in 2004.

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