DALLAS - Even with its triple-A credit rating, the Dallas suburb of Irving says it needs federal support to issue debt at affordable rates for projects such as its $333 million convention center and entertainment complex.

Although the city sold $130 million of certificates of obligation earlier this year to build the convention center, Mayor Herbert Gears says that the 5.22% true interest cost was about 70 basis points higher than a triple-A CO should have drawn.

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